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A chemical substance present in the cells of bioluminescent organisms, such as fireflies, that produces an almost heatless, bluish-green light when oxidized under the catalytic effects of luciferase and ATP.
[Latin lūcifer, light-bringing; see Lucifer + -in.]
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(Biochemistry) biochem a substance occurring in bioluminescent organisms, such as glow-worms and fireflies. It undergoes an enzyme-catalysed oxidation and emits light on decaying to its ground state
[C20: from Latin lucifer (literally: light-bearer) + -in]
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lu•cif•er•in(luˈsɪf ər ɪn)
a pigment of bioluminescent organisms that emits light while being oxidized.
[1885–90; < Latin lūcifer]
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