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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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Adj.1.bioluminescent - (of living organisms) emitting lightbioluminescent - (of living organisms) emitting light; "fireflies are bioluminescent"
organism, being - a living thing that has (or can develop) the ability to act or function independently
light - characterized by or emitting light; "a room that is light when the shutters are open"; "the inside of the house was airy and light"
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Good experimental animals had high mechanical sensitivity, maintained their swimming appendages in the promoted position (tucked under the body, anteriorly directed), and were bioluminescently competent.