triboluminescence

noun

tri·​bo·​lu·​mi·​nes·​cence ˌtrī-bō-ˌlü-mə-ˈne-sᵊn(t)s How to pronounce triboluminescence (audio)
ˌtri-
: luminescence due to friction
triboluminescent adjective

Word History

Etymology

International Scientific Vocabulary

First Known Use

1889, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of triboluminescence was in 1889

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“Triboluminescence.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/triboluminescence. Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

Medical Definition

triboluminescence

noun

tri·​bo·​lu·​mi·​nes·​cence ˈtrī-bō-ˌlü-mə-ˈnes-ᵊn(t)s, ˈtrib-ō- How to pronounce triboluminescence (audio)
: luminescence due to friction
triboluminescent adjective

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