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Definition:
The emission of radiation, especially of visible light, by a substance
during exposure to external radiation, as light or x-rays. Since the
chlorophyll molecule fluoresces, the measurement of fluorescence can be
used to calculate chlorophyll concentration in the ocean.  
Reference:
Adapted from: Webster's College Dictionary. 1991. Random House.
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