a pigment occurring in bioluminescent organisms, such as fireflies, that emits light when undergoing oxidation.
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How to use luciferin in a sentence
When they tested the gene, by making it interact with luciferin, the team got the spark they were looking for.
The older version of this test used a layer of paper that had been soaked in a solution with luciferin, then dried.
Across the field, he saw the glowing luciferin-like light of a small city.Thy Name Is Woman | Bryce Walton
luciferin will also oxidize in the air spontaneously but no light is produced.The Nature of Animal Light | E. Newton Harvey
British Dictionary definitions for luciferin
biochem a substance occurring in bioluminescent organisms, such as glow-worms and fireflies. It undergoes an enzyme-catalysed oxidation and emits light on decaying to its ground state
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