excited state

noun

Definition of excited state 

: a state of a physical system (such as an atomic nucleus, an atom, or a molecule) that is higher in energy than the ground state

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This keeps the rubidium atoms diffuse, slow moving and in a highly excited state. Marissa Fessenden, Smithsonian, "Scientists Create a New Form of Light by Linking Photons," 16 Feb. 2018 This puts the molecule into an energetically excited state. Kerry Hanson, Smithsonian, "How Sunscreen Protects Your Skin’s DNA," 31 May 2017

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First Known Use of excited state

1927, in the meaning defined above

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