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ultraviolet

[uhl-truh-vahy-uh-lit] /ˌʌl trəˈvaɪ ə lɪt/
adjective
1.
beyond the violet in the spectrum, corresponding to light having wavelengths shorter than 4000 angstrom units.
2.
pertaining to, producing, or utilizing light having such wavelengths:
an ultraviolet lamp.
noun
3.
ultraviolet radiation.
Compare infrared.
Origin of ultraviolet
1870-1875
1870-75; ultra- + violet
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  • In most of the vats vegetation grew in various stages, greening under the ultraviolet rays that radiated from the low roof.

    Rebels of the Red Planet Charles Louis Fontenay
  • The ultraviolet rays falling upon this screen were transformed into visible rays by the phenomenon of fluorescence.

    Artificial Light M. Luckiesh
  • As they sat down, he aimed his ultraviolet light-pencil at a serving robot.

    Space Viking Henry Beam Piper
  • It is possible, however, that there are spores which can resist this effect of ultraviolet light.

  • Wounds are treated effectively and water is sterilized by the ultraviolet radiant energy in modern artificial illuminants.

    Artificial Light M. Luckiesh
British Dictionary definitions for ultraviolet

ultraviolet

/ˌʌltrəˈvaɪəlɪt/
noun
1.
the part of the electromagnetic spectrum with wavelengths shorter than light but longer than X-rays; in the range 0.4 × 10–6 and 1 × 10–8 metres
adjective
2.
of, relating to, or consisting of radiation lying in the ultraviolet: ultraviolet radiation, UV
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Word Origin and History for ultraviolet

"beyond the violet end of the visible spectrum," 1840, from ultra- + violet. Ultra-red (1870) was a former name for what now is called infra-red.

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ultraviolet in Medicine

ultraviolet ul·tra·vi·o·let (ŭl'trə-vī'ə-lĭt)
adj.
Abbr. UV, U.V.
Of or relating to the range of invisible radiation wavelengths from about 4 nanometers, on the border of the x-ray region, to about 380 nanometers, just beyond the violet in the visible spectrum. n.
Ultraviolet light or the ultraviolet part of the spectrum.

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ultraviolet in Science
ultraviolet
  (ŭl'trə-vī'ə-lĭt)   
Adjective  Relating to electromagnetic radiation having frequencies higher than those of visible light but lower than those of x-rays, approximately 1015-1016 hertz. Some animals, such as bees, are capable of seeing ultraviolet radiation invisible to the human eye. See more at electromagnetic spectrum.

Noun  Ultraviolet light or the ultraviolet part of the spectrum. See Note at infrared.
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