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fluorescent

[floo-res-uh nt, flaw-, floh-] /flʊˈrɛs ənt, flɔ-, floʊ-/
adjective
1.
possessing the property of fluorescence; exhibiting fluorescence.
2.
strikingly bright, vivid, or glowing:
plastic toys in fluorescent colors.
noun
3.
a lighting fixture that utilizes a fluorescent lamp.
Origin of fluorescent
1850-1855
1850-55; fluor- + -escent
Related forms
nonfluorescent, adjective
unfluorescent, adjective
Can be confused
fluorescent, fluoridation, fluoride.
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  • The fluorescent screen employed by Dr. Comandon is of the type known as "reinforced."

    Practical Cinematography and Its Applications Frederick Arthur Ambrose Talbot
  • There maybe could be a box of instruments there with fluorescent dials.

    Planet of the Damned Harry Harrison
  • Consequently, the radiograph is projected upon the fluorescent screen and this image is then photographed by the camera.

    Practical Cinematography and Its Applications Frederick Arthur Ambrose Talbot
  • On the fluorescent screens all curves The Brain described had dropped to the bottom.

    The Brain Alexander Blade
  • Solutions of the chlorophylls are fluorescent, being green by transmitted, and red by reflected light.

    The Chemistry of Plant Life Roscoe Wilfred Thatcher
British Dictionary definitions for fluorescent

fluorescent

/ˌflʊəˈrɛsənt/
adjective
1.
exhibiting or having the property of fluorescence
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Word Origin and History for fluorescent
adj.

1853, from fluor- + -escent (see fluorescence). The fluorescent electric lamp patent was applied for in 1896 by U.S. inventor Thomas A. Edison, but such lights were rare before 1938.

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