exposure

noun
ex·​po·​sure | \ ik-ˈspō-zhər How to pronounce exposure (audio) \

Definition of exposure

1 : the fact or condition of being exposed: such as
a : the condition of being presented to view or made known a politician seeks a lot of exposure
b : the condition of being unprotected especially from severe weather died of exposure
c : the condition of being subject to some effect or influence risk exposure to the flu
d : the condition of being at risk of financial loss minimizes your exposure to market fluctuations also : an amount at risk
2 : the act or an instance of exposing: such as
a : disclosure of something secret tried to prevent exposure of their past
b : the treating of sensitized material (such as film) to controlled amounts of radiant energy also : the amount of such energy or length of such treatment a 3-second exposure
3a : the manner of being exposed
b : the position (as of a house) with respect to weather influences or compass points a room with a southern exposure
4 : a piece or section of sensitized material (such as film) on which an exposure is or can be made 36 exposures per roll

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Examples of exposure in a Sentence

children's exposure to violence on television He risks exposure to ridicule by saying such things in public. The candidates are competing for television exposure.
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Long-term exposure to asbestos can cause inflammation and scarring that may lead to breathing issues, the National Cancer Institute says. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "FDA Testing Finds Asbestos in 3 Claire's Products," 6 Mar. 2019 Meanwhile, additional research has shown that exposure to noise can spike blood pressure, heart rate, and the release of stress hormones. Meghan Rabbitt, Woman's Day, "How To Recapture Peace and Quiet In a Noisy World," 27 Mar. 2019 Specifically, bright light exposure early in the day stimulates serotonin production, improving your mood and happiness, and regulates melatonin in the evening, improving your sleep. Lynn Kim, House Beautiful, "This Little Light Could Make You Feel Happier," 26 Mar. 2019 New York City’s lead testing and reporting will be expanded under a new package of bills designed to limit exposure in children and improve education around lead poisoning. Katie Honan, WSJ, "New York City Council Passes Bills Bolstering Lead Testing," 13 Mar. 2019 All reflected on the nuances and themes that a youthful exposure misses among the song and dance. Ian Malone, Vogue, "Camelot Ruled the Stage at Lincoln Center Theater’s Benefit Gala," 5 Mar. 2019 Myth 6: mere exposure to other points of view reduces partisanship Javier Zarracina/Vox The answer to polarization and political division is not simply exposing people to another point of view. Julia Belluz, Vox, "7 bad science and health ideas that should die with 2018," 26 Dec. 2018 Welp, this news may be hard to swallow: According to the World Health Organization, 4.2 million deaths per year are due to exposure to air pollution, and 90 percent of people on our planet breathe in polluted air. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "IKEA's New Curtains Will Actually Clean the Air in Your Home," 6 Mar. 2019 The medical examiner determined the cause of death was hypothermia due to environmental exposure. Seattle Times Staff, The Seattle Times, "Do you know who she is? Sketch released of woman who died in Kirkland.," 20 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of exposure

1605, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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exposure

noun

English Language Learners Definition of exposure

: the fact or condition of being affected by something or experiencing something : the condition of being exposed to something
: the act of revealing secrets about someone or something
: public attention and notice

exposure

noun
ex·​po·​sure | \ ik-ˈspō-zhər How to pronounce exposure (audio) \

Kids Definition of exposure

1 : the fact or condition of being subject to some effect or influence exposure to germs exposure to great art
2 : the condition that results from being unprotected especially from severe weather (as extreme cold) The child suffered from exposure.
3 : an act of making something public They were stopped by the exposure of the plot.
4 : the act of letting light strike a photographic film or the time during which light strikes a film
5 : a section of a roll of film for one picture
6 : position with respect to direction The room has a southern exposure.

exposure

noun
ex·​po·​sure | \ ik-ˈspō-zhər How to pronounce exposure (audio) \

Medical Definition of exposure

1 : the fact or condition of being exposed: as
a : the condition of being unprotected especially from severe weather the hiker died of exposure after becoming lost in the snowstorm
b : the condition of being subject to some detrimental effect or harmful condition repeated exposure to bronchial irritants risk exposure to the flu benign skin discolorations caused by sun exposure— Katie Tyndall
2 : the act or an instance of exposing — see indecent exposure

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exposure

noun
ex·​po·​sure

Legal Definition of exposure

1 : the fact or condition of being exposed also : the possibility of loss caused by an outside source used in insurance
2 : the act or an instance of exposing
3a : something that exposes someone or something
b : something (as a condition, situation, or action) that creates a risk of financial loss especially for which one may be insured two forms of insurance are needed to cover the exposure fully— R. I. Mehr also : the extent to which one is at risk

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