pho·​to·​pho·​bia | \ ˌfō-tə-ˈfō-bē-ə How to pronounce photophobia (audio) \

Definition of photophobia

: intolerance to light especially : painful sensitiveness to strong light

Examples of photophobia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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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First Known Use of photophobia

1772, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for photophobia

New Latin

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“Photophobia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jul. 2021.

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pho·​to·​pho·​bia | \ ˌfōt-ə-ˈfō-bē-ə How to pronounce photophobia (audio) \

Medical Definition of photophobia

1 : intolerance to light especially : painful sensitiveness to strong light
2 : an abnormal fear of light

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