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fluoresce Syllabification: fluo·resce
Pronunciation: /flo͝o(ə)ˈres/ /flôrˈes/

Definition of fluoresce in English:

verb

[no object]
Shine or glow brightly due to fluorescence: the molecules fluoresce when excited by ultraviolet radiation
More example sentences
  • QDs luminesce rather than fluoresce; they are brighter and more stable than organic fluorphores; and they have narrower emission peaks.
  • Existing imaging techniques use natural molecules that fluoresce, such as organic dyes and proteins that are found in jellyfish and fireflies.
  • The crystals fluoresce and phosphoresce a weak pale yellowish-green in ultraviolet radiation.

Origin

Late 19th century: back-formation from fluorescence.

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