chromatophore

noun chro·mato·phore \ krō-ˈma-tə-ˌfȯr , krə- \
|Updated on: 12 Jun 2018

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 (such as the cyanobacteria); broadly : chromoplast, chloroplast

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Origin and Etymology of chromatophore

probably borrowed from German Chromatophore, Chromatophor, from chromato- chromato- + -phore, -phor -phore
Note: In use in German no later than 1841, as Chromatophoren (plural) in Rudolf Wagner's Icones Zootomicae: Handatlas zur zur vergleichenden Anatomie nach fremden und eigen Untersuchungen (Leipzig). In notes to the plates illustrating cephalopod anatomy, Wagner gives Farbzellen ("color" or "pigment cells") as the vernacular equivalent of Chromatophoren.


Medical Dictionary

chromatophore

noun chro·mato·phore \ krō-ˈmat-ə-ˌfō(ə)r, krə-, -ˌfȯ(ə)r \

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

chromatophoric

play \-ˌmat-ə-ˈfōr-ik, -ˈfȯr-\ adjective

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