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photoelectricity

[foh-toh-i-lek-tris-i-tee, -ee-lek-] /ˌfoʊ toʊ ɪ lɛkˈtrɪs ɪ ti, -ˌi lɛk-/
noun, Physics.
1.
electricity induced by electromagnetic radiation, as in certain processes, as the photoelectric and photovoltaic effects, photoconductivity, and photoionization.
2.
the branch of physics that deals with these phenomena.
Origin
1875-1880
1875-80; photo- + electricity
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