Definition of chemiluminescence in US English:



  • The emission of light during a chemical reaction which does not produce significant quantities of heat.

    • ‘Natural sources of chemiluminescence include fireflies, glow-worms and a variety of bacteria and fungi.’
    • ‘The secondary antibody was detected by chemiluminescence.’
    • ‘Electrogenerated chemiluminescence can be employed as an analytical tool.’
    • ‘The amount of chemiluminescence is proportional to the quantity of the amplified product.’
    • ‘One area of current interest is how low-level chemiluminescence arises from the reaction between hydroperoxide and Hb.’