[thur-moh-loo-muh-nes-uh ns]

noun Physics.

phosphorescence produced by the heating of a substance.

Origin of thermoluminescence

First recorded in 1895–1900; thermo- + luminescence
Related formsther·mo·lu·mi·nes·cent, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for thermoluminescence

dating, thermoluminescence

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British Dictionary definitions for thermoluminescence



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 Formsthermoluminescent, adjective
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