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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Recent Examples on the Web Over 32,000 people took antibiotics after possible exposure to anthrax. Cnn Editorial Research, CNN, "2001 Anthrax Attacks Fast Facts," 13 May 2021 The rest are down with Covid-19 or quarantined after exposure. Saeed Shah, WSJ, "India Struggles to Keep Pace With Coronavirus Variants," 11 May 2021 After Tran’s exposure to the herbicide, one of her daughters died of a heart defect, while her two surviving daughters were diagnosed with skin and blood conditions. Washington Post, "French court dismisses landmark case against the U.S. makers of Agent Orange," 10 May 2021 After exposure to sunlight and 30 seconds have passed, the clouds will ionize and turn a violet hue, generating a magnetic field perturbation. Julia Musto, Fox News, "NASA Wallops rocket launch: These states could catch a glimpse," 7 May 2021 Close contacts are also encouraged to get tested six or seven days after exposure to help identify asymptomatic spread. Alec Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Petition calls for Pewaukee School District to make masks optional, revise quarantine policies," 7 May 2021 After exposure to sunlight, the vapor clouds ionize and take on a violet color. Sarah Brookbank, The Enquirer, "Greater Cincinnati will be able to see part of NASA rocket launch Saturday - and get a light show," 7 May 2021 The coronavirus incubation period lasts two to 14 days, so an infected person may not test positive for up to two weeks after exposure. CBS News, "At-home COVID-19 rapid tests could play critical role during pandemic," 4 May 2021 The researchers asked participants to explain precisely how their periods had been affected after exposure to tear gas. Heather Murphy New York Times, Star Tribune, "Hundreds report abnormal menstruation after exposure to tear gas, study finds," 3 May 2021

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First Known Use of exposure

1605, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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17 May 2021

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“Exposure.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exposure. Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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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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