bioluminescence(redirected from Luminosity of animals)
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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.
(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
bi•o•lu•mi•nes•cence(ˌbaɪ oʊˌlu məˈnɛs əns)
a phosphorescent glow from a living organism.
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.
the property of some organisms, as fireflies, of producing light. — bioluminescent, adj.See also: Biology