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From Latin: photo = light and -phore = bearer; A special light-producing (bioluminescent) organ in the skin of deep-sea cephalopods and crustaceans.

Pho"to*phore (?), n. [Photo- + Gr. &?; to bear.]

1. (Med.)

A form of endoscope using an electric light.

2. (Zoöl.)

A light-emitting organ; specif., one of the luminous spots on certain marine (mostly deep-sea) fishes.


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