photophobia

noun

pho·​to·​pho·​bia ˌfō-tə-ˈfō-bē-ə How to pronounce photophobia (audio)
: intolerance to light
especially : painful sensitiveness to strong light

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Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Along with photophobia, sound sensitivity is also possible. Sarah Lemire, Health.com, 19 Jan. 2022 Symptoms to be aware of include sudden onset of fever, headache, stiff neck, and can be accompanied by nausea, vomiting, photophobia and altered mental status. Fox News, 12 Nov. 2019 People with light-colored eyes can be at risk for light sensitivity, called photophobia. Lauren Castle, azcentral, 17 May 2018 Sometimes there is nausea, vomiting, photophobia — your eyes become more sensitive to light —and confusion. Howard Cohen, miamiherald, 13 Dec. 2017

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Word History

Etymology

New Latin

First Known Use

1772, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of photophobia was in 1772

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Cite this Entry

“Photophobia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/photophobia. Accessed 3 Oct. 2022.

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Medical Definition

photophobia

noun

pho·​to·​pho·​bia ˌfōt-ə-ˈfō-bē-ə How to pronounce photophobia (audio)
1
: intolerance to light
especially : painful sensitiveness to strong light
2
: an abnormal fear of light

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