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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
1850-1855
1850-55; fluor- + -escent
Related forms
nonfluorescent, adjective
unfluorescent, adjective
Can be confused
fluorescent, fluoridation, fluoride.
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Word Origin and History for un fluorescent
fluorescent
1853, from fluor- + -escent (see fluorescence). The fluorescent electric lamp patent was applied for in 1896 by Thomas A. Edison, but such lights were rare before 1938.
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