chromaffin

adjective
chro·​maf·​fin | \ ˈkrō-mə-fən How to pronounce chromaffin (audio) \

Definition of chromaffin

: staining deeply with chromium salts chromaffin cells of the adrenal medulla

First Known Use of chromaffin

1903, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chromaffin

borrowed from German chromaffine, from chrom- chrom- + Latin affīnis "bordering (on), connected (with)" — more at affinity

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“Chromaffin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chromaffin. Accessed 28 Jan. 2021.

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chromaffin

adjective
chro·​maf·​fin | \ ˈkrō-mə-fən How to pronounce chromaffin (audio) \

Medical Definition of chromaffin

: staining deeply with chromium salts chromaffin cells of the adrenal medulla

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