n. Abbr. L
The unit of luminance in the centimeter-gram-second system, equivalent to the luminance of a perfectly diffusing surface that emits or reflects one lumen per square centimeter.
[After Johann Heinrich Lambert (1728-1777), German physicist and astronomer.]
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