bioluminescence


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bi·o·lu·mi·nes·cence

 (bī′ō-lo͞o′mə-nĕs′əns)
n.
The emission of visible light by certain living organisms, such as the firefly and various fish, marine invertebrates, fungi, and bacteria. Bioluminescence is caused by chemical reactions.

bi′o·lu′mi·nes′cent adj.

bioluminescence

(ˌbaɪəʊˌluːmɪˈnɛsəns)
n
(Biochemistry) the production of light by living organisms as a result of the oxidation of a light-producing substance (luciferin) by the enzyme luciferase: occurs in many marine organisms, insects such as the firefly, etc
ˌbioˌlumiˈnescent adj

bi•o•lu•mi•nes•cence

(ˌbaɪ oʊˌlu məˈnɛs əns)

n.
a phosphorescent glow from a living organism.
[1915–20]
bi`o•lu`mi•nes′cent, adj.

bi·o·lu·mi·nes·cence

(bī′ō-lo͞o′mə-nĕs′əns)
Emission of light by living organisms, such as fireflies, glowworms, and certain fish, jellyfish, plankton, fungi, and bacteria. It occurs when chemical compounds react and give off light.

bioluminescence

the property of some organisms, as fireflies, of producing light. — bioluminescent, adj.
See also: Biology
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bioluminescence - luminescence produced by physiological processes (as in the firefly)bioluminescence - luminescence produced by physiological processes (as in the firefly)
luminescence - light not due to incandescence; occurs at low temperatures
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