Luciferin definition

lo͝o-sĭfər-ĭn
A substance in luminescent organisms, as fireflies, that produces light by combining with oxygen in the presence of luciferase.
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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.
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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.
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(biochemistry) Any of a class of polycyclic heterocycles that are responsible for the bioluminescence of fireflies, being converted to oxyluciferin by luciferase in the process.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
luciferin
Plural:
luciferins

Origin of luciferin

  • Latin lūcifer light-bringing Lucifer –in

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