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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Before any phone model can be brought to market, a sample must be tested for compliance with the exposure limit for radiofrequency radiation. Joe Mahr, chicagotribune.com, "Lawsuit filed against Apple, Samsung after Chicago Tribune tests cellphones for radiofrequency radiation," 29 Aug. 2019 Hepatitis A vaccine can prevent infection, but only if given within 14 days of exposure. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al, "State recommends hepatitis A vaccine for all food workers," 27 Aug. 2019 Eleven of the 12 who died of heat exposure were on the second floor. Megan O'matz, sun-sentinel.com, "Bonds set for three employees charged in deaths at sweltering Hollywood nursing home," 27 Aug. 2019 In the wake of the Second World War—and the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki—there was a flourish of scientific interest in the potential health effects of radiation exposure. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Remembering Liane Russell, the Geneticist Who Studied Radiation’s Harmful Effects on Embryos," 26 Aug. 2019 Veterans are another group at risk of hepatitis C, almost three times more likely to be infected with the virus than the general population, likely due to having higher risk of exposure to blood during battle. Naseem S. Miller, orlandosentinel.com, "New hepatitis C cases increasing in Florida; local doctor helps treat uninsured," 23 Aug. 2019 The high-profile energy companies, the ones with large operations and lots of exposure to public opinion, rightly see this as a terrible idea. David Roberts, Vox, "Fracking may be a bigger climate problem than we thought," 16 Aug. 2019 Three Los Altos police officers came into contact with fentanyl Monday while processing evidence but showed no symptoms of exposure to the drug, authorities said. Pete Grieve, SFChronicle.com, "Los Altos officers show no symptoms after fentanyl exposure scare," 12 Aug. 2019 Studies also show that women need a longer exposure time to nature to see a measurable stress reduction—which is why women shouldn’t feel that taking the time for self-care outside is indulgent or extra. Cassidy Randall, Glamour, "Spend More Time Outside—Doctor’s Orders," 11 July 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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