phosphoresce

verb

phos·​pho·​resce ˌfäs-fə-ˈres How to pronounce phosphoresce (audio)
phosphoresced; phosphorescing

Word History

Etymology

probably back-formation from phosphorescent

First Known Use

1795, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of phosphoresce was in 1795

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Cite this Entry

“Phosphoresce.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/phosphoresce. Accessed 2 Feb. 2023.

Medical Definition

phosphoresce

intransitive verb
phos·​pho·​resce ˌfäs-fə-ˈres How to pronounce phosphoresce (audio)
phosphoresced; phosphorescing
: to exhibit phosphorescence
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