Definition of luciferase in 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’

Pronunciation

luciferase

/lo͞oˈsifərˌāz/ /luˈsɪfərˌeɪz/

Origin

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