chlorophyll

noun
chlo·​ro·​phyll | \ ˈklȯr-ə-ˌfil How to pronounce chlorophyll (audio) , -fəl \

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 respectively chlorophyll a, chlorophyll b

2 : a waxy green chlorophyll-containing substance extracted from green plants and used as a coloring agent or deodorant

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Other Words from chlorophyll

chlorophyllous \ ˌklȯr-​ə-​ˈfi-​ləs How to pronounce chlorophyll (audio) \ adjective

Examples of chlorophyll in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Green pigments like chlorophyll reflect the green part of the spectrum but absorb the longer red and yellow wavelengths as well as the shorter blue ones. Quanta Magazine, 21 June 2021 Green pigments like chlorophyll reflect the green part of the spectrum but absorb the longer red and yellow wavelengths as well as the shorter blue ones. Viviane Callier, The Atlantic, 20 June 2021 Goop wrote about chlorophyll’s benefits for gut health back in 2017. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 10 May 2021 For instance, the bay’s dissolved oxygen and nitrogen scores improved, but the figures for chlorophyll a and phosphorous worsened. Christine Condon, baltimoresun.com, 22 June 2021 Chlorophyll water and liquid chlorophyll are trending among wellness enthusiasts after the pigment supplement went viral on TikTok. Erica Sweeney, Good Housekeeping, 18 June 2021 Today the brand's products—including the cult-favorite skin-care sticks and viral chlorophyll mask—are carried at Ulta, Target, and Whole Foods. Bella Cacciatore, Glamour, 10 June 2021 Over the last six years the Southern Ocean Carbon and Climate Observations and Modeling project (SOCCOM) has deployed 200 robotic floats with advanced sensors to measure oxygen, sunlight, chlorophyll, nitrate and acidity. Katy Scott, CNN, 3 June 2021 Dan Oren, a professor of psychiatry at Yale who credits Cook with pioneering light therapy, points to the quasi-identical molecular structures of the light-catching parts of chlorophyll and of hemoglobin. Julian Sancton, Time, 12 May 2021

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First Known Use of chlorophyll

1819, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for chlorophyll

French chlorophylle, from chlor- + Greek phyllon leaf — more at blade

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22 Jul 2021

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“Chlorophyll.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chlorophyll. Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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chlorophyll

noun

English Language Learners Definition of chlorophyll

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

chlorophyll

noun
chlo·​ro·​phyll | \ ˈklȯr-ə-ˌfil How to pronounce chlorophyll (audio) \

Kids Definition of chlorophyll

: 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

chlorophyll

noun
chlo·​ro·​phyll | \ ˈklōr-ə-ˌfil, ˈklȯr-, -fəl How to pronounce chlorophyll (audio) \

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 respectively chlorophyll a, chlorophyll b

2 : a waxy green chlorophyll-containing substance extracted from green plants and used as a coloring agent or deodorant

Other Words from chlorophyll

chlorophyllous \ ˌklōr-​ə-​ˈfil-​əs, ˌklȯr-​ How to pronounce chlorophyll (audio) \ also chlorophyllose \ -​ˈfil-​ˌōs, -​(ˌ)fil-​ˈ How to pronounce chlorophyll (audio) \ adjective

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