chro·​mo·​gen·​ic ˌkrō-mə-ˈje-nik How to pronounce chromogenic (audio)
: of or relating to a chromogen
: being a process of photographic film development in which silver halides activate precursors of chemical dyes that form the final image while the silver is removed
also : being a film developed by this process

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web One image is part of a set of seven vintage chromogenic prints by Meier in Bachtelhörnli, Switzerland, on March 28, 1976. Fox News, 26 Nov. 2019 Ginevra Shay primarily offers chromogenic photographs of unidentifiable objects and scenes. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 27 Sep. 2019 At first glance, these digital chromogenic prints suggest only vibrant abstracts, mini-seas of prismatic designs and swirls. Tim Smith,, 16 June 2017

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Word History


chromo- + -genic, after chromogen

First Known Use

1859, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of chromogenic was in 1859

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“Chromogenic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

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