Definition of bioluminescence
: the emission of light from living organisms (such as fireflies, dinoflagellates, and bacteria) as the result of internal, typically oxidative chemical reactions; also : the light so produced
bioluminescentplay \-sənt\ adjective
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Some even create their own light through bioluminescence.
Bioluminescence is only visible on dark nights when the water is sufficiently warm, so tours do not operate in the week around a full moon and are only offered in summer months.
But be sure to return after dark, when the bioluminescence seems to make the plants come to life.
There’s a serious scientific purpose to Virgin Oceanic’s missions, Virgin says, with actual scientists lined up to make the most of these dives for their research into bottom-dwelling microbes, bioluminescence and seafloor geology.
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Origin and Etymology of bioluminescence
International Scientific Vocabulary
First Known Use: 1916
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