[ kem-uh-loo-muh-nes-uhns ]
/ ˌkɛm əˌlu məˈnɛs əns /
(in chemical reactions) the emission of light by an atom or molecule that is in an excited state.
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OTHER WORDS FROM chemiluminescencechem·i·lu·mi·nes·cent, adjective
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Moreover, as we have seen, chemiluminescence is essentially an oxyluminescence, since oxygen is necessary for the reaction.The Nature of Animal Light|E. Newton Harvey
British Dictionary definitions for chemiluminescence
/ (ˌkɛmɪˌluːmɪˈnɛsəns) /
the phenomenon in which a chemical reaction leads to the emission of light without incandescence
Derived forms of chemiluminescencechemiluminescent, adjective
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Scientific definitions for chemiluminescence
[ kĕm′ə-lōō′mə-nĕs′əns ]
The emission of light by a substance as a result of undergoing a chemical reaction that does not involve an increase in its temperature. Chemiluminescence usually occurs when a highly oxidized molecule, such as a peroxide, reacts with another molecule. The bond between the two oxygen atoms in a peroxide is relatively weak, and when it breaks the atoms must reorganize themselves, releasing energy in the form of light. Compare bioluminescence.
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