chemiluminescence

noun
chemi·​lu·​mi·​nes·​cence | \ ˌke-mē-ˌlü-mə-ˈne-sᵊn(t)s How to pronounce chemiluminescence (audio) , ˌkē- \

Definition of chemiluminescence

: luminescence (such as bioluminescence) due to chemical reaction

Other Words from chemiluminescence

chemiluminescent \ ˌke-​mē-​ˌlü-​mə-​ˈne-​sᵊnt How to pronounce chemiluminescence (audio) , ˌkē-​ \ adjective

First Known Use of chemiluminescence

1889, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chemiluminescence

borrowed from German Chemiluminescenz, from chemi- (extracted from chemisch "chemical," from Chemie "chemistry" + -isch -ish, after New Latin chemicus, Medieval Latin chimicus chemic) + Luminescenz luminescence

Note: The term was introduced by the German physicist Elhard Wiedemann (1852-1928) in "Ueber Fluorescenz und Phosphorescenz, I. Abhandlung," Annalen der Physik und Chemie, Neue Folge, Band 34 (1888), pp. 447-48.

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“Chemiluminescence.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chemiluminescence. Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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chemiluminescence

noun
che·​mi·​lu·​mi·​nes·​cence | \ ˌkem-i-ˌlü-mə-ˈnes-ᵊn(t)s, ˌkē-mi- How to pronounce chemiluminescence (audio) \

Medical Definition of chemiluminescence

: luminescence (as bioluminescence) due to chemical reaction usually at low temperatures

Other Words from chemiluminescence

chemiluminescent \ -​ˈnes-​ᵊnt How to pronounce chemiluminescence (audio) \ adjective

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