dark adaptation

noun

Definition of dark adaptation

: the process including dilation of the pupil, increase in sensitivity of the retinal rods, and regeneration of rhodopsin by which the eye adapts to conditions of reduced illumination

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Other Words from dark adaptation

dark-adapted \ ˌdärk-​ə-​ˈdap-​təd How to pronounce dark-adapted (audio) \ adjective

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Recent Examples on the Web So everyone wanted a dark adaptation of The Jungle Book, right? Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "New trailers: Mowgli, Christopher Robin, and more," 26 May 2018

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First Known Use of dark adaptation

1900, in the meaning defined above

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“Dark adaptation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dark%20adaptation. Accessed 26 Sep. 2020.

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dark adaptation

noun
\ ˌdärk- How to pronounce dark adaptation (audio) \

Medical Definition of dark adaptation

: the phenomena including dilation of the pupil, increase in retinal sensitivity, shift of the region of maximum luminosity toward the blue, and regeneration of rhodopsin by which the eye adapts to conditions of reduced illumination — compare light adaptation

Other Words from dark adaptation

dark-adapted \ ˈdärk-​ə-​ˌdap-​təd How to pronounce dark-adapted (audio) \ adjective

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