One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Zoology and Ecology= photorefractoryrare.
2Materials Science. Characterized by or involving photorefraction.
3Designating, relating to, or using photorefraction.
4Designating or relating to surgical procedures in which a laser is used to reshape the cornea and correct refractive errors such as myopia or astigmatism; especially in "photorefractive keratectomy".
1960s; earliest use found in Ecology. From photo- + refractive. In sense 1 after photorefractory.
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