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thermoluminescence

[thur-moh-loo-muh-nes-uh ns]
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noun Physics.
  1. phosphorescence produced by the heating of a substance.
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Origin of thermoluminescence

First recorded in 1895–1900; thermo- + luminescence
Related formsther·mo·lu·mi·nes·cent, adjective
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Historical Examples

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

    The Nature of Animal Light

    E. Newton Harvey


British Dictionary definitions for thermoluminescence

thermoluminescence

noun
  1. 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
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Derived Formsthermoluminescent, adjective
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