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Medical Term:

triplet state


Definition: a second excited state of a molecule (chlorophyll) produced by absorption of light to produce the singlet state, then loss of some energy (fluorescence) to achieve the longer-lasting triplet state The molecule may remain sufficiently long in the triplet state for a second activating light quantum to be effective in producing a “second triplet” state, at a still-higher level of excitation, hence reactivity. Alternatively, the molecule may lose the triplet state energy directly and return to the ground state.

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