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[thur-moh-loo-muh-nes-uh ns] /ˌθɜr moʊˌlu məˈnɛs əns/
noun, Physics.
phosphorescence produced by the heating of a substance.
Origin of thermoluminescence
1895-1900; thermo- + luminescence
Related forms
thermoluminescent, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for thermoluminescence
  • thermoluminescence responses to alpha and beta irradiations, and age determination when the high dose response is non-linear.
  • All of the radiocarbon and thermoluminescence ages in this report are uncalibrated.
British Dictionary definitions for thermoluminescence


phosphorescence of certain materials or objects as a result of heating. It is caused by pre-irradiation of the material inducing defects which are removed by the heat, the energy released appearing as light: used in archaeological dating
Derived Forms
thermoluminescent, adjective
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