chromatophore

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noun chro·mato·phore \krō-ˈma-tə-ˌfȯr, krə-\

Definition of chromatophore

  1. 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. 2 :  the organelle of photosynthesis in photosynthetic bacteria (such as the cyanobacteria); broadly :  chromoplast, chloroplast

Origin and Etymology of chromatophore

International Scientific Vocabulary


First Known Use: circa 1859


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chromatophore

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

Medical Definition of chromatophore

  1. 1:  a pigment-bearing cell especially in the skin

  2. 2:  the organelle of photosynthesis in photosynthetic bacteria (as the cyanobacteria) :  chromoplast, chloroplast

chromatophoric

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

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