phosphorescence

noun phos·pho·res·cence \ ˌfäs-fə-ˈre-sᵊn(t)s \

Definition of phosphorescence

1 : luminescence that is caused by the absorption of radiations (such as light or electrons) and continues for a noticeable time after these radiations have stopped — compare fluorescence
2 : an enduring luminescence without sensible heat

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First Known Use of phosphorescence

1770

in the meaning defined at sense 2

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phosphorescence

noun phos·pho·res·cence \ -ˈres-ᵊn(t)s \

medical Definition of phosphorescence

1 : luminescence that is caused by the absorption of radiation at one wavelength followed by delayed reradiation at a different wavelength and that continues for a noticeable time after the incident radiation stops
2 : an enduring luminescence without sensible heat


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