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photoreactivation

[foh-toh-ree-ak-tuh-vey-shuh n] /ˌfoʊ toʊ riˌæk təˈveɪ ʃən/
noun, Biochemistry
1.
a process that repairs DNA damaged by ultraviolet light using an enzyme that requires visible light.
Origin
1945-1950
1945-50; photo- + reactivation
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photoreactivation in Medicine

photoreactivation pho·to·re·ac·ti·va·tion (fō'tō-rē-āk'tə-vā'shən)
n.
The activation by light of something previously inactive or inactivated.

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Encyclopedia Article for photoreactivation

restoration to the normal state, by the action of visible light, of the deoxyribonucleic acid composing the hereditary material in animal skin cells and plant epidermal cells damaged by exposure to ultraviolet light. The phenomenon is also called photoreactivation, especially in microorganisms. The failure of cells to repair such damage, in individuals with certain biochemical disorders, leads to serious skin problems.

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