camera lucida

noun
cam·​era lu·​ci·​da | \ ˈkam-rə-ˈlü-sə-də, ˈka-mə-rə-\

Definition of camera lucida

: 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

First Known Use of camera lucida

1807, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for camera lucida

New Latin, literally, light chamber

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camera lucida

noun
cam·​era lu·​ci·​da | \ ˌkam-(ə-)rə-ˈlü-səd-ə \

Medical Definition of camera lucida

: 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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