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[floo-res-uh nt, flaw-, floh-] /flʊˈrɛs ənt, flɔ-, floʊ-/
possessing the property of fluorescence; exhibiting fluorescence.
strikingly bright, vivid, or glowing:
plastic toys in fluorescent colors.
a lighting fixture that utilizes a fluorescent lamp.
Origin of fluorescent
First recorded in 1850-55; fluor- + -escent
Related forms
nonfluorescent, adjective
unfluorescent, adjective
Can be confused
fluorescent, fluoridation, fluoride. Unabridged
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  • The fluorescent screen employed by Dr. Comandon is of the type known as "reinforced."

    Practical Cinematography and Its Applications Frederick Arthur Ambrose Talbot
  • There maybe could be a box of instruments there with fluorescent dials.

    Planet of the Damned Harry Harrison
  • Consequently, the radiograph is projected upon the fluorescent screen and this image is then photographed by the camera.

    Practical Cinematography and Its Applications Frederick Arthur Ambrose Talbot
  • On the fluorescent screens all curves The Brain described had dropped to the bottom.

    The Brain Alexander Blade
  • Solutions of the chlorophylls are fluorescent, being green by transmitted, and red by reflected light.

    The Chemistry of Plant Life Roscoe Wilfred Thatcher
British Dictionary definitions for fluorescent


exhibiting or having the property of fluorescence
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for fluorescent

1853, from fluor- + -escent (see fluorescence). The fluorescent electric lamp patent was applied for in 1896 by U.S. inventor Thomas A. Edison, but such lights were rare before 1938.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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