[floo-res-uh nt, flaw-, floh-]
- possessing the property of fluorescence; exhibiting fluorescence.
- strikingly bright, vivid, or glowing: plastic toys in fluorescent colors.
- a lighting fixture that utilizes a fluorescent lamp.
Origin of fluorescent
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- exhibiting or having the property of fluorescence
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1853, from fluor- + -escent (see fluorescence). The fluorescent electric lamp patent was applied for in 1896 by U.S. inventor Thomas A. Edison, but such lights were rare before 1938.
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