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[fos-feen] /ˈfɒs fin/

noun, Physiology.
a luminous image produced by mechanical stimulation of the retina, as by pressure applied to the eyeball by the finger when the lid is closed.
the sensation of light caused by pressure on the eyelid of a closed eye or by other mechanical or electrical interference with the visual system

phosphene phos·phene (fŏs’fēn’)
A sensation of light caused by excitation of the retina by mechanical or electrical means rather than by light, as when the eyeballs are pressed through closed lids.


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