Definition of lumen
1 : the cavity of a tubular organ or part <the lumen of a blood vessel>
2 : the bore of a tube (as of a hollow needle or catheter)
3 : a unit of luminous flux equal to the light emitted in a unit solid angle by a uniform point source of one candle intensity
lumenalplay \-mə-nəl\ adjective
Did You Know?
There are two common units for measuring light, the candela and the lumen. Both are recognized as standard international units, which also include the second (for time), the kilogram (for weight), and the meter (for length). The candela is a measure of intensity; an ordinary candle gives off light with the intensity of about one candela. The lumen is a measure of "luminous flux;" a standard 100-watt lightbulb gives off 1500–1700 lumens. Luminous flux indicates how much light is actually perceived by the human eye. Technologies vary in how efficiently they turn electricity into light; halogen lights produce about 12 lumens per watt, ordinary incandescent lightbulbs produce about 15 lumens per watt, and compact fluorescent bulbs produce about 50 lumens per watt.
Origin and Etymology of lumen
New Latin lumin-, lumen, from Latin, light, air shaft, opening
First Known Use: 1873
Medical Definition of lumen
1: the cavity of a tubular organ or part <the lumen of a blood vessel>
2: the bore of a tube (as of a hollow needle or catheter)
3: a unit of luminous flux equal to the light emitted in a steradian by a uniform point source of one candle intensity
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