photophobia

noun
pho·to·pho·bia | \ ˌfō-tə-ˈfō-bē-ə \

Definition of photophobia 

: intolerance to light especially : painful sensitiveness to strong light

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People with light-colored eyes can be at risk for light sensitivity, called photophobia. Lauren Castle, azcentral, "Eye protection is just as important as sunscreen in the Arizona summer," 17 May 2018 Sometimes there is nausea, vomiting, photophobia — your eyes become more sensitive to light —and confusion. Howard Cohen, miamiherald, "What is meningitis and how can I protect my child after 2 kids die at day care?," 13 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of photophobia

1772, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for photophobia

New Latin

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photophobia

noun
pho·to·pho·bia | \ ˌfōt-ə-ˈfō-bē-ə \

Medical Definition of photophobia 

1 : intolerance to light especially : painful sensitiveness to strong light

2 : an abnormal fear of light

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