[ loo-sif-uh-reys ]
/ luˈsɪf ə reɪs /
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an enzyme in bioluminescent organisms that catalyzes the oxidation of luciferin, a light-emitting pigment.
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Origin of luciferase
First recorded in 1885–90; lucifer(in) + -ase
Words nearby luciferase
Lucianne, lucid, lucida, lucidity, Lucifer, luciferase, Luciferian, Luciferianism, luciferin, lucifer match, luciferous
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How to use luciferase in a sentence
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
Luciferase is destroyed only by pepsin (probably), trypsin, erepsin, and something in spleen and liver extract.The Nature of Animal Light|E. Newton Harvey