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luminesce

Line breaks: lu¦mi|nesce
Pronunciation: /ˌluːmɪˈnɛs
 
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Definition of luminesce in English:

verb

[no object]
Emit light by luminescence: genes in these marine bacteria make them luminesce
More example sentences
  • Thus in two of the dated samples the zircons failed to luminesce, and the transmitted and reflected light images of the zircons were the preferred source to glean some structural information on these zircons.
  • Both dyes luminesce with single exponential lifetimes, and the emission is accurately fit by the sum of two exponential decays, with lifetimes identical to those measured separately in aqueous solution.
  • Aequorin, when bound to its cofactor coelenterazine, luminesces in response to calcium binding.

Origin

late 19th century: back-formation from luminescence.

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