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chromatic

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noun chro·mat·ic \krō-ˈma-tik\

Definition of chromatic

  1. :  accidental 2




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chromatic

adjective chro·mat·ic

Simple Definition of chromatic

  • music : of or relating to a musical scale that has all semitones

Full Definition of chromatic

  1. 1 a :  of or relating to color or color phenomena or sensations b :  highly colored

  2. 2 :  of or relating to chroma

  3. 3 a :  of, relating to, or giving all the tones of the chromatic scale b :  characterized by frequent use of accidentals

chro·mat·i·cal·ly play \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
chro·mat·i·cism play \-ˈma-tə-ˌsi-zəm\ noun

Examples of chromatic

  1. <the strikingly chromatic paintings of Matisse and the other Fauvists>



Origin of chromatic

Greek chrōmatikos, from chrōmat-, chrōma skin, color, modified tone; akin to Greek chrōs color


First Known Use: 1630


Medical Dictionary

chromatic

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adjective chro·mat·ic \krō-ˈmat-ik\

Medical Definition of chromatic

  1. 1:  of, relating to, or characterized by color or color phenomena or sensations <chromatic perception> <chromatic stimuli>

  2. 2:  capable of being colored by staining agents <chromatic substances>





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