Vis"u*al(?), a. [L. visualis, from visus a seeing, sight: cf. F. visuel. See Vision.] 1. Of or pertaining to sight; used in sight; serving as the instrument of seeing; as, the visual nerve.
Nowhere so clear, sharpened his visual ray.
2. That can be seen; visible.
(Opt.) See under Angle. --
(Persp.), a cone whose vertex is at the point of sight, or the eye. --
Visual plane, any plane passing through the point of sight. --
Visual point, the point at which the visual rays unite; the position of the eye. --
(Physiol.), a photochemical substance, of a purplish red color, contained in the retina of human eyes and in the eyes of most animals. It is quickly bleached by light, passing through the colors, red, orange, and yellow, and then disappearing. Also called
vision purple. See Optography. --
Visual ray, a line from the eye, or point of sight. --
(Physiol.), the final product in the action of light on visual purple. It is reconverted into visual purple by the regenerating action of the choroidal epithelium. --
(Physiol.), a product intermediate between visual purple and visual white, formed in the photochemical action of light on visual purple.
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