[ thur-moh-loo-muh-nes-uh ns ]
/ ˌθɜr moʊˌlu məˈnɛs əns /

noun Physics.

phosphorescence produced by the heating of a substance.


Origin of thermoluminescence

First recorded in 1895–1900; thermo- + luminescence

Related forms

ther·mo·lu·mi·nes·cent, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for thermoluminescence

  • The production of light by animals is quite another phenomenon from thermoluminescence.

British Dictionary definitions for thermoluminescence


/ (ˌθɜːməʊˌluːmɪˈnɛsəns) /


phosphorescence of certain materials or objects as a result of heating. It is caused by pre-irradiation of the material inducing defects which are removed by the heat, the energy released appearing as light: used in archaeological dating

Derived Forms

thermoluminescent, adjective
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