from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun The process of photographing an object by exposing film in a dark room to the light that results from electronic and ionic interactions caused by placing the object in an intense electric field. The photograph shows a light, glowing band surrounding the outline of the object.
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
[After Semyon Davidovich Kirlian, (1900–1980), Russian electrician, and his wife Valentina Khrisanovna Kirlian, (died 1971), Russian journalist, codiscoverers of the electric effect upon which it is based.]
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