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opalescent

[oh-puh-les-uh nt] /ˌoʊ pəˈlɛs ənt/
adjective
1.
exhibiting a play of colors like that of the opal.
2.
having a milky iridescence.
Origin
1805-1815
1805-15; opal + -escent
Related forms
opalescence, noun
opalescently, adverb
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  • Leakage of these bodies into intercellular spaces, termed opalescence, affects appearance and reduces shelf-life.
British Dictionary definitions for opalescence

opalescent

/ˌəʊpəˈlɛsənt/
adjective
1.
having or emitting an iridescence like that of an opal
Derived Forms
opalescence, noun
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Word Origin and History for opalescence
n.

1792; see opalescent + -ence.

opalescent

adj.

1813, from opal + -escent.

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opalescence in Medicine

opalescent o·pal·es·cent (ō'pə-lěs'ənt)
adj.
Resembling an opal in the display of various colors, often used to describe certain bacterial cultures.

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opalescence in Science
opalescent
  (ō'pə-lěs'ənt)   
Exhibiting a milky iridescence like that of opal.
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