[ bahy-oh-loo-muh-nes-uh ns ]
/ ˌbaɪ oʊˌlu məˈnɛs əns /
the production of light by living organisms.
Related formsbi·o·lu·mi·nes·cent, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for bioluminescent
/ (ˌbaɪəʊˌluːmɪˈnɛsəns) /
the production of light by living organisms as a result of the oxidation of a light-producing substance (luciferin) by the enzyme luciferase: occurs in many marine organisms, insects such as the firefly, etc
Derived Formsbioluminescent, adjective
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Science definitions for bioluminescent
[ bī′ō-lōō′mə-nĕs′əns ]
The emission of light by living organisms, such as fireflies, glowworms, and certain fish, jellyfish, plankton, fungi, and bacteria. It occurs when a pigment (usually luciferin) is oxidized without giving off heat. Although it is believed that bioluminescence is involved in animal communication, its function in many organisms has yet to be understood. Bioluminescence is a form of chemiluminescence. Compare chemiluminescence.
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