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fluorescence

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noun fluo·res·cence \-ˈre-sən(t)s\

Definition of fluorescence

  1. :  luminescence that is caused by the absorption of radiation at one wavelength followed by nearly immediate reradiation usually at a different wavelength and that ceases almost at once when the incident radiation stops; also :  the radiation emitted — compare phosphorescence



Examples of fluorescence in a sentence

  1. <studied the fluorescence of certain elements>



Origin and Etymology of fluorescence

fluorspar + opalescence


First Known Use: 1852


Medical Dictionary

fluorescence

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noun flu·o·res·cence \-ˈes-ən(t)s\

Medical Definition of fluorescence

  1. :  luminescence that is caused by the absorption of radiation at one wavelength followed by nearly immediate reradiation usually at a different wavelength and that ceases almost immediately when the incident radiation stops; also :  the radiation emitted

fluorescent

\-ˈes-ənt\play adjective

fluorescently

adverb




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