Definition of scotopic in English:


Line breaks: sco|top¦ic
Pronunciation: /skə(ʊ)ˈtɒpɪk


Relating to or denoting vision in dim light, believed to involve chiefly the rods of the retina. Often contrasted with photopic.
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  • 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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