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[foh-tuh-loo-muh-nes-uh ns]
noun Physics.
  1. luminescence induced by the absorption of infrared radiation, visible light, or ultraviolet radiation.
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Origin of photoluminescence

First recorded in 1885–90; photo- + luminescence
Related formspho·to·lu·mi·nes·cent, adjective
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Examples from the Web for photoluminescence

Historical Examples

  • Page 26: re-positioned period outside of parentheses "after being illuminated (photoluminescence)."

    The Nature of Animal Light

    E. Newton Harvey

British Dictionary definitions for photoluminescence


  1. luminescence resulting from the absorption of light or infrared or ultraviolet radiation
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Derived Formsphotoluminescent, adjective
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