actinic ray


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actinic ray

n.
Photochemically active radiation, as of the sun.

actin′ic ray′


n.
a ray of light of short wavelengths, as ultraviolet or violet, that produces photochemical effects.
[1835–45]
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Noun1.actinic ray - electromagnetic radiation that can produce photochemical reactionsactinic ray - electromagnetic radiation that can produce photochemical reactions
electromagnetic radiation, electromagnetic wave, nonparticulate radiation - radiation consisting of waves of energy associated with electric and magnetic fields resulting from the acceleration of an electric charge
electromagnetic spectrum - the entire frequency range of electromagnetic waves
infrared emission, infrared light, infrared radiation, infrared - electromagnetic radiation with wavelengths longer than visible light but shorter than radio waves
light, visible light, visible radiation - (physics) electromagnetic radiation that can produce a visual sensation; "the light was filtered through a soft glass window"
ultraviolet, ultraviolet illumination, ultraviolet light, ultraviolet radiation, UV - radiation lying in the ultraviolet range; wave lengths shorter than light but longer than X rays
References in periodicals archive ?
In cattle, the eye cancers may occur due to prolonged exposure to actinic rays of sun (Sastry and Rao, 2005).
It is postulated that probably actinic rays of the sun are of etiological importance since bullocks are worked in the hot sun and so are exposed to them.