The quality or property of emitting light without active combustion or the production of heat, generally as the result of prior exposure to radiation, which persists after the inciting cause is removed. [G. phos, light, + phoros, bearing]

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phos·pho·res·cence -'res-ən(t)s n
1) luminescence that is caused by the absorption of radiation at one wavelength followed by delayed reradiation at a different wavelength and that continues for a noticeable time after the incident radiation stops
2) an enduring luminescence without sensible heat

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phos·pho·res·cence (fos″fə-resґəns) the emission of light without appreciable heat; it is characterized by the emission of absorbed light after a delay and at a considerably longer wavelength than that of the absorbed light. Cf. fluorescence. phosphorescent adj

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