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[thur-moh-loo-muh-nes-uh ns] /ˌθɜr moʊˌlu məˈnɛs əns/
noun, Physics.
phosphorescence produced by the heating of a substance.
Origin of thermoluminescence
First recorded in 1895-1900; thermo- + luminescence
Related forms
thermoluminescent, adjective Unabridged
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  • The production of light by animals is quite another phenomenon from thermoluminescence.

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


phosphorescence of certain materials or objects as a result of heating. It is caused by pre-irradiation of the material inducing defects which are removed by the heat, the energy released appearing as light: used in archaeological dating
Derived Forms
thermoluminescent, adjective
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