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A sensation of light caused by excitation of the retina by mechanical or electrical means rather than by light, as when the eyeballs are pressed through closed lids.

[French phosphène : Greek phōs, light; see phos- + Greek phainein, to cause to appear, to show; see bhā- in Indo-European roots.]
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(Physiology) the sensation of light caused by pressure on the eyelid of a closed eye or by other mechanical or electrical interference with the visual system
[C19: from Greek phōs light + phainein to show]
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(ˈfɒs fin)

a luminous visual image produced by mechanical stimulation of the retina, as when pressing on closed eyelids.
[1870–75; < French phosphène, irreg. < Greek phôs light (contraction of pháos) + phaínein to show, shine]
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[ˈfɒsfiːn] Nfosfeno m
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