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
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.Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology
John. B. Smith