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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
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Origin of CHLOROPHYLL

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

chlorophyll

noun chlo·ro·phyll \ˈklr-ə-ˌfil\

Definition of CHLOROPHYLL for Kids

:  the green coloring matter found mainly in the chloroplasts of plants that absorbs energy from sunlight to produce carbohydrates from carbon dioxide and water during photosynthesis
Medical Dictionary

chlorophyll

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

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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