Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or relating to fluorescence.
  • adj. Exhibiting or produced by fluorescence: fluorescent plankton; fluorescent light.
  • adj. Glowing as if with fluorescence; vivid: bright fluorescent colors.
  • n. A fluorescent lamp.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or relating to fluorescence
  • adj. Exhibiting or produced by fluorescence
  • adj. Emitting visible light as a result of the excitation of phosphors by ultraviolet photons produced by the passage of an electrical current through an inert gas infused with mercury.
  • adj. Glowing as if with fluorescence; vivid
  • n. A fluorescent light

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having the property of fluorescence.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Possessing the property of fluorescence; exhibiting fluorescence.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a lighting fixture that uses a fluorescent lamp
  • adj. brilliantly colored and apparently giving off light
  • adj. emitting light during exposure to radiation from an external source

Etymologies

From fluorescence fluor +‎ -escent (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • He displayed photos of himself in fluorescent orange hunting gear and asked people, Does this guy look like an animal-rights activist?

    Hunters Exchange Fire Over What

  • You are rewarded for the discovery and characterisation of the green fluorescent protein, for first expressing GFP in fluorescent form in important model organisms and for the development of GFP and its homologues to a universal set of genetic tags for protein localisation, protein movement and protein interactions in the cells of all types of organisms.

    The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2008 - Presentation Speech

  • LED bulbs are a way to save the same energy (or a little more) without the toxic mercury compounds in fluorescent bulbs.

    The $10 Million Light Bulb - Bits Blog - NYTimes.com

  • It was easy to imagine legions of Internet-era Andrew Marvells staying up late in fluorescent-lit cubicles appending metaphysical exclamation points to celebrity photo captions that would rocket readers ever closer to the celestial objects of their desire:

    Shooting Britney

  • I wonder how that works with mercury being used in fluorescent tubes and all.

    RECYCLED TUBE LIGHT by Castor Canadensis | Inhabitat

  • Sitting alone on the counter, bathed in fluorescent light was a long-lost friend — a can of Rotel Tomatoes.

    Add a can, lose the bland | Homesick Texan

  • It is awash in fluorescent green Nessie souvenirs (why green?), most of which were made in China.

    NESSIE ON THE HALF SHELL

  • Optical highlighters have also been developed in fluorescent proteins cloned from coral and anemone species.

    Archive 2005-10-01

  • The basic plasmid vector configuration useful in fluorescent protein gene transfer experiments has several requisite components.

    Archive 2005-10-01

  • One of the most interesting developments in fluorescent protein research has been the application of these probes as molecular or optical highlighters (see Table 2), which change color or emission intensity as the result of external photon stimulation or the passage of time.

    Archive 2005-10-01

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