photic

adjective
pho·​tic | \ˈfō-tik \

Definition of photic 

1 : of, relating to, or involving light especially in relation to organisms

2 : penetrated by light especially of the sun the photic zone of the ocean

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Other Words from photic

photically \ˈfō-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

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Each time the whale shark came up to the photic zone to trawl for plankton, the bob would rise to the surface and (with luck) be detected by one of a network of orbiting satellites. Ryan P. Smith, Smithsonian, "What the Longest Known Whale Shark Migration Ever Tells Us About Conservation," 8 May 2018 Most such solar, or photic, retinopathy is temporary, manifesting as spots in the visual field—like after a camera flashes in your eyes. James Hamblin, The Atlantic, "The President Who Looked at the Sun," 21 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of photic

1843, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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photic

adjective
pho·​tic | \ˈfōt-ik \

Medical Definition of photic 

: of, relating to, or involving light especially in relation to organisms photic stimulation

Other Words from photic

photically \ˈfōt-​i-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

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