fluorescence

noun
fluo·​res·​cence | \ flu̇-ˈre-sᵊn(t)s How to pronounce fluorescence (audio) , flȯ-\

Definition of fluorescence

: 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

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Examples of fluorescence in a Sentence

studied the fluorescence of certain elements

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There are shoes everywhere, boots and stilettos and platforms in all shades of nude (this season’s theme); plus neon lights and scented votives to give everything a soft fluorescence. Alex Frank, Vogue, "Kendall Jenner On Loving Ugly Sneakers, Hating Boho Style, and the Fashion Secrets She Learned From Her Mom," 13 Feb. 2019 The polyacrylate was then bathed in molecules of fluorescein, an orange dye with a yellow-green fluorescence that's commonly used as a scientific marker. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Honey, I Shrunk Everything: MIT Scientists Can Shrink Objects to the Nanoscale," 18 Dec. 2018 Each nerve agent yields a slightly different color and brightness thanks to amazing fluorescence generating chemical sensors. Allison Barrie, Fox News, "Innovative project harnesses Legos and smartphones in the fight against invisible, deadly weapons," 13 July 2018 This way, fluorescence is still generated in the plane of interest but not anywhere else and the end result is a crisp, clear image. Jonathan Nylk, Scientific American, "Bendy Laser Beams Can Examine Human Tissue Like Never Before," 23 May 2018 Tadzio Koelb himself has made a novel worthy not only of New Jersey but of that exclusive fluorescence called art. Tadzio Koelb, New York Times, "Step 1: Kill Husband. Step 2: Assume His Identity.," 11 May 2018 The warm chandelier lighting makes the place glow at night in a flickering candlestick kind of way that detoxes you from a day in fluorescence. Bon Appetit, "Via Carota," 25 June 2018 Neither bright neon nor a soft fluorescence lighted either his ceiling or his walls; but there was plenty of butchershop sawdust along the floor and an old-fashioned golden goboon for every four bar stools. Bill Savage, Chicago Reader, "Arts / Books / Booze / Food & Drink Can a Division Street cocktail bar truly capture the spirit of Nelson Algren?," 13 June 2018 Color’s mysterious properties, like iridescence, fluorescence and optical illusions, are still being explored and exploited. Judith H. Dobrzynski, WSJ, "‘Saturated: The Allure and Science of Color’ Review: Vibrant From Any Angle," 26 May 2018

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First Known Use of fluorescence

1852, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fluorescence

fluorspar + opalescence

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The first known use of fluorescence was in 1852

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fluorescence

noun
flu·​o·​res·​cence | \ -ˈes-ᵊn(t)s How to pronounce fluorescence (audio) \

Medical Definition of fluorescence

: 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

Other Words from fluorescence

fluorescent \ -​ˈes-​ᵊnt How to pronounce fluorescent (audio) \ adjective
fluorescently adverb

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