luminescence

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noun lu·mi·nes·cence \-ˈne-sən(t)s\

Definition of luminescence

  1. :  the low-temperature emission of light (as by a chemical or physiological process); also :  light produced by luminescence

luminescent

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Examples of luminescence in a sentence

  1. the luminescence of the watch

  2. <we could see inside the cave even without a flashlight because of the luminescence coming from some of the fungus on the walls>

Origin and Etymology of luminescence

International Scientific Vocabulary lumin- + -escence


First Known Use: 1889


LUMINESCENCE Defined for English Language Learners

luminescence

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noun lu·mi·nes·cence \-ˈne-sən(t)s\

Definition of luminescence for English Language Learners

  • : the creation of light by processes that do not involve heat; also : the light created


Medical Dictionary

luminescence

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noun lu·mi·nes·cence \ˌlü-mə-ˈnes-ən(t)s\

Medical Definition of luminescence

  1. :  the low-temperature emission of light produced especially by physiological processes (as in the firefly), by chemical action, by friction, or by electrical action; also :  light produced by luminescence

luminesce

\-ˈnes\play intransitive verb

luminesced

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luminescing

luminescent

\-ənt\play adjective


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