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chlorophyll

noun chlo·ro·phyll \ˈklr-ə-ˌfil, -fəl\

: the green substance in plants that makes it possible for them to make food from carbon dioxide and water

Full Definition of CHLOROPHYLL

1
:  the green photosynthetic pigment found chiefly in the chloroplasts of plants and occurring especially as a blue-black ester C55H72MgN4O5 or a dark green ester C55H70MgN4O6 —called also chlorophyll a, chlorophyll b
2
:  a waxy green chlorophyll-containing substance extracted from green plants and used as a coloring agent or deodorant
chlo·ro·phyl·lous \ˌklr-ə-ˈfi-ləs\ adjective

Origin of CHLOROPHYLL

French chlorophylle, from chlor- + Greek phyllon leaf — more at blade
First Known Use: 1819

chlorophyll

noun chlo·ro·phyll \ˈklōr-ə-ˌfil, ˈklr-, -fəl\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of CHLOROPHYLL

1
:  the green photosynthetic coloring matter of plants found in chloroplasts and made up chiefly of a blue-black ester C55H72MgN4O5 and a dark green ester C55H70MgN4O6—called also chlorophyll a, chlorophyll b
2
:  a waxy green chlorophyll-containing substance extracted from green plants and used as a coloring agent or deodorant
chlo·ro·phyl·lous \ˌklōr-ə-ˈfil-əs, ˌklr-\ also chlo·ro·phyl·lose \-ˈfil-ˌōs, -(ˌ)fil-ˈ\ adjective

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