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1. The activated derivative of luciferin formed in bioluminescence.
2. The oxidized form of any luciferin.

It is produced by enzymic oxidation of a luciferin, the enzyme being a luciferase. This oxididation forms a molecule of oxyluciferin in an electronically excited state, and the molecule can fall to its ground state on emission of a quantum of light.

The wavelength of the light emitted is determined by the nature of both the oxyluciferin and the luciferase to which it is bound.

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