aphotic (adj.) "untouched by sunlight, lightless" (in reference to deep-sea regions), 1903, Modern Latin, from Gk. a- "not, without" (see A- (Cf. a-) (3)) + phos (gen. photos) "light," related to phainein "to show, to bring to light" (see PHANTASM (Cf. phantasm)) + -IC (Cf. -ic). Aphotic zone is recorded from 1913.

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  • aphotic — [ā fōt′ik] adj. [ A 2 + PHOTIC] without light; specif., pertaining to that part (aphotic zone) of the ocean below a depth of c. 100 m ( c. 328 ft) which does not receive sufficient sunlight for photosynthesis: see EUPHOTIC …   English World dictionary

  • Aphotic — A*pho tic ([.a]*f[=o] t[i^]k), a. [Gr. a fws, a fwtos.] Without light. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • aphotic — /əˈfɒtɪk/ (say uh fotik) adjective 1. without light. 2. of or relating to a plant growing in the aphotic region. {a 6 + photic} …   Australian English dictionary

  • aphotic — adjective lacking light; especially not reached by sunlight the aphotic depths of the sea where no photosynthesis occurs • Similar to: ↑dark …   Useful english dictionary

  • aphotic — adjective Date: circa 1900 being the deep zone of an ocean or lake receiving too little light to permit photosynthesis …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • aphotic — areas never reached by natural light in the deep ocean (deeper than about 800 metres). No photosynthesis occurs …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • aphotic — /ay foh tik/, adj. lightless; dark. [1900 05; A 6 + PHOTIC] * * * …   Universalium

  • aphotic — adjective a) having no light, especially no sunlight b) describing that part of the deep oceans and lakes where photosynthesis is not possible Ant: photic …   Wiktionary

  • aphotic — aphot·ic (a fotґik) without light; totally dark …   Medical dictionary

  • aphotic — adj. dark, lacking light …   English contemporary dictionary

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