chromogen


chro·mo·gen

noun \ˈkrō-mə-jən\

Definition of CHROMOGEN

1
:  a precursor of a biochemical pigment
2
:  a pigment-producing microorganism

Origin of CHROMOGEN

International Scientific Vocabulary
First Known Use: 1858

chro·mo·gen

noun \ˈkrō-mə-jən\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of CHROMOGEN

1
a : a precursor of a biochemical pigment b : a compound not itself a dye but containing a chromophore and so capable of becoming one
2
: a pigment-producing microorganism <many bacteria are chromogens>
chro·mo·gen·ic \ˌkrō-mə-ˈjen-ik\ adjective

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