Definitions for luciferinluˈsɪf ər ɪn

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. luciferin(noun)

    pigment occurring in luminescent organisms (as fireflies); emits heatless light when undergoing oxidation

GCIDE

  1. Luciferin(n.)

    any of several substances found in luminescent organisms (such as the firefly, Photinus pyralis) which, when oxidized, produces an almost heatless light. It was first isolated from fireflies, and is the source of the firefly luminescence. See also firefly luciferin

Wiktionary

  1. luciferin(Noun)

    Any of a class of polycyclic heterocycles that are responsible for the bioluminescence of fireflies, being converted to oxyluciferin by luciferase in the process.

Freebase

  1. Luciferin

    Luciferins are a class of light-emitting heterocyclic compounds found in organisms that cause bioluminescence. Luciferins typically undergo an enzyme-catalysed oxidation and the resulting unstable reaction intermediate emits light upon decaying to its ground state. The term luciferin is also used generically to refer both to the molecules that react with luciferases to emit light and to photoprotein, which emits light without the intervention of an enzyme.


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