Definition of luciferase in US English:

luciferase

noun

Biochemistry
  • An enzyme that catalyzes the oxidation of a luciferin, causing it to produce a visible glow.

    ‘the light-producing material in a glow-worm's body is oxidized and broken down, with the aid of an enzyme called luciferase’

Origin

Late 19th century: from Latin lucifer ‘light-bearing’ + -ase.

Pronunciation

luciferase

/luˈsɪfərˌeɪz//lo͞oˈsifərˌāz/