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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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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bioluminescence

the property of some organisms, as fireflies, of producing light. — bioluminescent, adj.
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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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