Definition of Luciferins

1. Noun. (plural of luciferin) ¹



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Definition of Luciferins

1. luciferin [n] - See also: luciferin

Medical Definition of Luciferins

1. A generic term referring to a substrate which, upon oxidation by the enzyme luciferase, produces bioluminescence. Luciferins isolated from different species may vary greatly in structure, although in many cases identical structures have been found in widely diverse animals. The american firefly, photinus pyralis, and its substrate have been studied extensively and is used in the assay of adenosine triphosphate. (12 Dec 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Luciferins

lucid interval
lucider
lucidest
lucidification
lucidities
lucidity
lucidly
lucidness
lucidnesses
lucidol
lucies
lucifer
luciferase
luciferases
luciferin
luciferins (current term)
luciferous
luciferously
lucifers
luciferyl adenylate
lucific
luciform
lucifugal
lucifugous
lucigen
lucigenin
lucigens
lucimeter
lucimeters
lucimycin

Literary usage of Luciferins

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1. The Nature of Animal Light by Edmund Newton Harvey (1920)
"The luciferins, as the ... If we are to produce light artificially in the same way that animals do, the luciferins must be synthesized. ..."

2. Year Book by Carnegie Institution of Washington (1919)
"Although the luciferins and luciferases of different luminous animals are ... The specificity of different luciferins. especially in relation to the color ..."

3. Year books by Plainfield High School (Plainfield, N.J.) (1919)
"Although the luciferins and luciferases of different luminous animals are ... The specificity of different luciferins. especially in relation to the color ..."

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