Definition of camera lucida in English:

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camera lucida

Pronunciation: /ˌkam(ə)rə ˈluːsɪdə/


An instrument in which rays of light are reflected by a prism to produce an image on a sheet of paper, from which a drawing can be made.
Example sentences
  • The drawings were made on a homogeneous paper using a camera lucida fitted on a stereomicroscope.
  • Due to the minute size of the flowers, they were dissected and then drawn with the aid of an Olympus stereomicroscope equipped with a camera lucida, and measurements were then made from the drawings for greater precision.
  • Wing venation and vein width were drawn alter direct observation of fossil surfaces with a stereomicroscope and a camera lucida, under both dry conditions and submergence under alcohol.


Mid 18th century: from Latin, 'bright chamber', on the pattern of camera obscura.

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