/sun"skreen'/, n.
1. a substance formulated to prevent sunburn, skin cancers, and other conditions caused by excessive exposure to the sun, usually by absorbing and reflecting ultraviolet radiation. Cf. SPF.
2. a lotion, cream, etc., containing such a substance.
3. a latticework or similar construction to shield a patio, atrium, or the like, from direct sunlight. Also, sun screen.
[1730-40; SUN + SCREEN]

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Universalium. 2010.

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