photosensitive

adjective
pho·​to·​sen·​si·​tive | \ ˌfō-tō-ˈsen(t)-s(ə-)tiv How to pronounce photosensitive (audio) \

Definition of photosensitive

1 : sensitive to the action of radiant energy photosensitive paper
2 : being or caused by an abnormal reaction to sunlight photosensitive rashes

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Other Words from photosensitive

photosensitivity \ ˌfō-​tō-​ˌsen(t)-​sə-​ˈti-​və-​tē How to pronounce photosensitivity (audio) \ noun

Examples of photosensitive in a Sentence

paper with a photosensitive coating
Recent Examples on the Web The new technique builds a model by hardening a photosensitive resin with a laser, not unlike existing stereolithography (SLA) printers. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "A new spin on 3D printing can produce an object in seconds," 14 Feb. 2020 Note: There’s a debate about whether or not cyclists should use flashing lights due to the potential effect on people with photosensitive epilepsy, which is particularly triggered by deep-red colors, like taillights. Joe Lindsey, Outside Online, "High-Vis Clothing Only Matters if Drivers Pay Attention," 7 Apr. 2020 Today, the most common form of photosensitive resin printers use stereolithography (SLA). Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "A new spin on 3D printing can produce an object in seconds," 14 Feb. 2020 While the population of those with photosensitive epilepsy is small, the impact can be quite serious. Elizabeth Wolfe And Saeed Ahmed, CNN, "A Twitter cyberattack on the Epilepsy Foundation posted strobing images that could trigger seizures," 17 Dec. 2019 Scientists have trained plastic to walk on its own using a combination of photosensitive bio-inspiration and light-reactive coatings. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Plastic Can Walk on its Own Now," 5 Dec. 2019 Tillman draws her immaculately detailed pictures in charcoal and pencil on translucent masters, whose images are transferred to photosensitive plates with ultraviolet light. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, "In the galleries: With two group exhibits, maximum exposure for photographers," 15 Nov. 2019 Exposing photosensitive skin to sunlight can also increase risk for cancer. Lindsey Murray, Good Housekeeping, "[UPDATED] Woman Claims She Received Horrific Burns After Using Essential Oils," 28 Apr. 2017 These pictures produced with photosensitive materials, but without a camera, expanded the Bauhaus’s vision of photography as a way of imagining new worlds. Tobias Grey, WSJ, "Two by Two," 14 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of photosensitive

1886, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Photosensitive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/photosensitive. Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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photosensitive

adjective
How to pronounce photosensitive (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of photosensitive

technical : reacting to light by changing color, creating electricity, etc.

photosensitive

adjective
pho·​to·​sen·​si·​tive | \ ˌfōt-ō-ˈsen(t)-sət-iv, -ˈsen(t)-stiv How to pronounce photosensitive (audio) \

Medical Definition of photosensitive

1 : sensitive or sensitized to the action of radiant energy photosensitive paper
2 : being or caused by an abnormal reaction to sunlight photosensitive rashes

Other Words from photosensitive

photosensitivity \ -​ˌsen(t)-​sə-​ˈtiv-​ət-​ē How to pronounce photosensitivity (audio) \ noun, plural photosensitivities

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