Complete Definition of "phosphorescent"

English

Etymology
From phosphorus + -escent. It's interesting to note that technically phosphorus is not phosphorescent. Phosphorus is luminescent, it gives off light from a chemical reaction, as opposed to re-emission of absorbed energy (phosphorescence). (Reference: John Emsley, The Shocking History of Phosphorus, ISBN 0-330-39005-8.)

Adjective
en-adj

  1. Having the property of emitting light for a period of time after the source of excitation is taken away, e.g., in electrostatic storage tubes and cathode-ray tubes.

Derived terms
phosphorescence
phosphorescently

Related terms
phosphor
phosphoresce
phosphoroscope

Translations

French: phosphorescent
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Italian: fosforescente

Noun
en-noun

  1. A phosphorescent substance.

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