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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In short (super-short), the difference between fluorescence and phosphorescence is time.
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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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