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[af-ter-im-ij, ahf-] /ˈæf tərˌɪm ɪdʒ, ˈɑf-/
noun, Psychology
a visual image or other sense impression that persists after the stimulus that caused it is no longer operative.
Origin of afterimage
1875-80; translation of German Nachbild; see after, image Unabridged
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Examples from the web for afterimage
  • If you then look at a blank wall, you'll see a ghostly afterimage of the flag in reversed colors for a few seconds.
  • It is the afterimage of the dance rather than the dance itself which is the true subject of the review.
  • Its neck twisted and it dropped to the deck, leaving only its own afterimage and a small drop of blood.
  • Within several seconds, as the photoreceptor cells readjusted to their normal state, the afterimage faded away.
  • The afterimage you see is comprised of complementary colors.
  • afterimage is a persisting sensation or image perceived after the correlated physical stimulus has been removed.
British Dictionary definitions for afterimage


a sustained or renewed sensation, esp visual, after the original stimulus has ceased Also called aftersensation, photogene
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afterimage in Medicine

afterimage af·ter·im·age (āf'tər-ĭm'ĭj)
A visual image that persists after the visual stimulus causing it has ceased to act. Also called photogene.

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