dark-adapted eye


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dark-a·dapt·ed eye

an eye that has been in darkness or semidarkness and has undergone regeneration of rhodopsin (visual purple), which renders it more sensitive to reduced illumination.
Synonym(s): scotopic eye

dark-a·dapt·ed eye

(dahrk-ă-dap'tĕd ī)
An eye that has been in darkness or semidarkness and has undergone regeneration of rhodopsin (visual purple), which renders it more sensitive to reduced illumination.
Synonym(s): scotopic eye.

dark-adapted eye

An eye that has become adjusted for viewing objects in dim light; one adapted for scotopic, or rod, vision. Dark adaptation depends on the regeneration of rhodopsin, the light-sensitive glycoprotein in the rods of the eye.
See also: eye
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