chromatophore


chro·mato·phore

noun \krō-ˈma-tə-ˌfr, krə-\

Definition of CHROMATOPHORE

1
:  a pigment-bearing cell; especially :  one of the cells of an animal integument capable of causing integumentary color changes by expanding or contracting
2
:  the organelle of photosynthesis in photosynthetic bacteria (as the cyanobacteria); broadly :  chromoplast, chloroplast

Origin of CHROMATOPHORE

International Scientific Vocabulary
First Known Use: circa 1859

chro·mato·phore

noun \krō-ˈmat-ə-ˌfō(ə)r, krə-, -ˌf(ə)r\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of CHROMATOPHORE

1
: a pigment-bearing cell especially in the skin
2
: the organelle of photosynthesis in photosynthetic bacteria (as the cyanobacteria) : chromoplast, chloroplast
chro·mato·phor·ic \-ˌmat-ə-ˈfōr-ik, -ˈfr-\ adjective

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