Fluorescence Definition

flo͝o-rĕsəns, flô-, flō-
The property of a substance, such as fluorite, of producing light while it is being acted upon by ultraviolet rays, X-rays, or other forms of radiant energy.
Webster's New World
The property of emitting such radiation.
American Heritage Medicine
The production of such light.
Webster's New World
The radiation so emitted.
American Heritage Medicine
Light so produced.
Webster's New World

Origin of Fluorescence

  • Coined 1852 by physicist George Stokes from fluorspar + -escence

    From Wiktionary

  • fluor(spar) –escence

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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