sonoluminescence

noun
son·​o·​luminescence

Definition of sonoluminescence

: the emission of light by various liquids when traversed by high-frequency sound or ultrasonic waves of suitable intensity

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son- + luminescence

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“Sonoluminescence.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sonoluminescence. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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