- a pigment occurring in luminescent organisms, as fireflies, that emits light when undergoing oxidation.
Origin of luciferin
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Luciferin will also oxidize in the air spontaneously but no light is produced.The Nature of Animal Light
E. Newton Harvey
- 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
C20: from Latin lucifer (literally: light-bearer) + -in