nyctophilia

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nyctophilia

an abnormal preference for the night over the day.
See also: -Phile, -Philia, -Phily
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He proposed that a portion of a plant's circadian cycle was light-requiring, or "photophilic," while the other portion was dark-requiring, or "scotophilia" In this model, when a short-day plant in its photophilic phase is exposed to dark, a short-day mechanism is successfully initiated, while a long-day plant in its scotophilic phase exposed to light will have a long-day mechanism successfully induced.
Scotophilia, according to the press release for Nan Goldin's recent show at Matthew Marks Gallery (her eighth there since 1992), means "the love of looking." While such a benign definition is more or less etymologically correct, we know--via legacies of psychoanalytic theory and feminist critique--that it hardly does the word justice.
(10) Eric Rothstein, "Scotophilia and Humphry Clinker: The Politics of Beggary, Bugs, and Buttocks," University of Toronto Quarterly 52 (1982): 66, 74.