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Word Origin and History for luciferase


supposed enzyme found in fireflies and other glowing creatures, 1888, from French luciférase; see Lucifer. Related: Luciferin.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Examples from the Web for luciferase

Historical Examples

  • Luciferase is destroyed only by pepsin (probably), trypsin, erepsin, and something in spleen and liver extract.

    The Nature of Animal Light

    E. Newton Harvey

  • Luciferase: a substance in the nature of an enzyme, existing in the luminous organs of light-giving beetles.