Definition of Kirlian photography in English:

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Kirlian photography

Pronunciation: /ˈkəːlɪən/


[mass noun]
A technique for recording photographic images of corona discharges and hence, supposedly, the auras of living creatures.
Example sentences
  • You know, there's a certain kind of photography now, Kirlian photography, which can actually photograph your aura.
  • You may also use Kirlian photography to capture auras on film.
  • I was distressed that my students confused astrology with astronomy, accepted pyramid power, Bigfoot, the Loch Ness monster, Kirlian photography, and psychic surgery without the benefit of a scientific critique.


Late 20th century: from the name of Semyon D. and Valentina K. Kirlian, Russian electricians.

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