camera lucida

noun

cam·​era lu·​ci·​da ˈkam-rə-ˈlü-sə-də How to pronounce camera lucida (audio)
ˈka-mə-rə-
: an instrument that by means of a prism or mirrors and often a microscope causes a virtual image of an object to appear as if projected upon a plane surface so that an outline may be traced

Word History

Etymology

New Latin, literally, light chamber

First Known Use

1807, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of camera lucida was in 1807

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“Camera lucida.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/camera%20lucida. Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.

Medical Definition

camera lucida

noun
cam·​era lu·​ci·​da ˌkam-(ə-)rə-ˈlü-səd-ə How to pronounce camera lucida (audio)
: an instrument that by means of a prism or mirrors and often a microscope causes a virtual image of an object to appear as if projected upon a plane surface so that an outline may be traced

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