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luminesce

[loo-muh-nes] /ˌlu məˈnɛs/
verb (used without object), luminesced, luminescing.
1.
to exhibit luminescence.
Origin of luminesce
1895-1900
First recorded in 1895-1900; back formation from luminescent
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  • Luminous bacteria are also very sensitive to oxygen and cease to luminesce in its absence.

    The Nature of Animal Light E. Newton Harvey
  • Luminous bacteria will continue to luminesce although they are grown in the dark for many weeks.

    The Nature of Animal Light E. Newton Harvey
  • They only luminesce at night and fail to respond to stimulation or are difficult to stimulate during the day.

    The Nature of Animal Light E. Newton Harvey
  • On the other hand, a great many forms are able to luminesce quite independently of previous illumination.

    The Nature of Animal Light E. Newton Harvey
  • Some forms, ordinarily producing light, will grow, but fail to luminesce at high temperatures.

    The Nature of Animal Light E. Newton Harvey
  • This means that for a definite temperature, say, 20°, phosphorus will not luminesce with an oxygen pressure of 583 mm.

    The Nature of Animal Light E. Newton Harvey
  • In the case of some of these oxidizers pyrogallol will luminesce in dilute concentrations but not in strong.

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  • Also, dilute pyrogallol will luminesce with a dilute solution of oxidizer but not with a concentrated solution of oxidizer.

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  • Esculin will not luminesce with peroxidase and H2O2, but pyrogallol or gallic acid will.

    The Nature of Animal Light E. Newton Harvey
  • Phosphorus will only begin to luminesce at a certain small pressure of oxygen.

    The Nature of Animal Light E. Newton Harvey
British Dictionary definitions for luminesce

luminesce

/ˌluːmɪˈnɛs/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to exhibit luminescence
Word Origin
back formation from luminescent
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