a substance in luminescent organisms, as fireflies, that produces light by combining with oxygen in the presence of luciferase
Origin of luciferinClassical Latin lucifer (see Lucifer) + -in
A chemical substance present in the cells of bioluminescent organisms, such as fireflies, that produces an almost heatless, bluish-green light when oxidized under the catalytic effects of luciferase and ATP.
Origin of luciferinLatin lūcifer light-bringing ; see Lucifer . -in