sco·​to·​pia | \ skəˈtōpēə, skōˈ- \
plural -s

Definition of scotopia

: vision in dim light with dark-adapted eyes believed to be mediated by the rods of the retina opposed to photopia

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Other Words from scotopia

scotopic \ -​ˈtäpik How to pronounce scotopia (audio) \ adjective

First Known Use of scotopia

1915, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for scotopia

New Latin, from Greek skotos darkness + New Latin -opia

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“Scotopia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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