photogenic

adjective pho·to·ge·nic \ ˌfō-tə-ˈje-nik , -ˈjē- \
Updated on: 12 May 2018

Definition of photogenic

1 : produced or precipitated by light
  • photogenic dermatitis
2 : producing or generating light : phosphorescent
  • photogenic bacteria
3 : suitable for being photographed especially because of visual appeal
  • a photogenic smile

photogenically

play \ˌfō-tə-ˈje-ni-k(ə-)lē, -ˈjē-\ adverb

Examples of photogenic in a Sentence

  1. She's a very photogenic child.

  2. This is the city's most photogenic park.

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First Known Use of photogenic

1835

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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PHOTOGENIC Defined for English Language Learners

photogenic

Definition of photogenic for English Language Learners

  • : tending to look good in photographs


Medical Dictionary

photogenic

adjective pho·to·gen·ic \ ˌfōt-ə-ˈjen-ik \

medical Definition of photogenic

1 : produced or precipitated by light
  • photogenic epilepsy
  • photogenic dermatitis
2 : producing or generating light : phosphorescent
  • photogenic bacteria


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