Noctilucine definitions

(biochemistry) A nitrogenous substance in fireflies, glowworms and marine animals, supposedly responsible for their luminescence.

Origin of noctilucine

From New Latin, based on Latin nox + lux. Term coined by British scientist Thomas Lamb Phipson (1833–1908). It appeared first in his article On noctilucine, the phosphorescent principle of luminous animals, published in The chemical new, vol. 32, no. 832, on November 5, 1875.