Definition of scotopic in English:

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Pronunciation: /skəˈtäpik/
Pronunciation: /skəˈtōpik/


Relating to or denoting vision in dim light, believed to involve chiefly the rods of the retina. Often contrasted with photopic.
Example sentences
  • Visual pigments have also evolved to perform specialized functions, such as color vision and scotopic vision.
  • The photopic curve is for normal vision, and the scotopic curve is for eyes that are adjusted to the dark.
  • Using an extremely low-light projector and other devices, we get demonstrations of night adaptation, blind spots, mesopic and scotopic vision, peripheral vision, autokinesis and flash blindness.


Early 20th century: from Greek skotos 'darkness' + -opia + -ic.

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Syllabification: sco·top·ic

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