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

Examples of photosensitive in a Sentence

paper with a photosensitive coating
Recent Examples on the Web Unfortunately, chemical sunscreen in general is more likely to be associated with irritation, says Kikam, who suggests that allergy-prone folks or people with photosensitive conditions such as lupus should stick to physical blocks. Amber Rambharose, Marie Claire, 2 July 2021 This software program automatically identifies harmful photosensitive content and flags it for removal. Washington Post, 31 Dec. 2020 Many games, including every title in the Ubisoft catalog, include a similar on-screen warning for photosensitive players. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, 10 Dec. 2020 The game features rapidly blinking lights and other animations that could cause seizures in people with photosensitive epilepsy. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, 8 Dec. 2020 The company embraced an emerging technology at the time that used photosensitive paper to capture images that could be easily mass reproduced in print. Dee Depass, Star Tribune, 20 Nov. 2020 Seeing strobe lights at certain frequencies (or gifs) can trigger seizures for people with photosensitive epilepsy.. Anne Quito, Quartz, 20 Nov. 2020 Lewis, a freelance journalist who suffers from photosensitive epilepsy and a connective tissue disorder that results in slow healing from injuries and impairs her ability to run or move quickly. oregonlive, 2 Nov. 2020 There is a great deal of scientific interest in PS1, which acts like a tiny photosensitive battery, absorbing energy from sunlight and emitting electrons with nearly 100-percent efficiency. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 16 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of photosensitive

1886, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Photosensitive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Aug. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of photosensitive

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


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 photosensitive (audio) \ noun, plural photosensitivities

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