chromophobe

adjective
chro·mo·phobe | \-ˌfōb \

Definition of chromophobe 

: resisting staining with dyes

First Known Use of chromophobe

circa 1909, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chromophobe

borrowed from German chromophob, from chromo- chromo- + -phob "lacking affinity for," borrowed from Greek -phobos "fearing" — more at -phobia

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The first known use of chromophobe was circa 1909

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chromophobe

adjective
chro·mo·phobe | \ˈkrō-mə-ˌfōb \
variants: also chromophobic \ˌkrō-mə-ˈfō-bik \

Medical Definition of chromophobe 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: not readily absorbing stains : difficult to stain chromophobe tumors

Other Words from chromophobe

chromophoby \ˈkrō-mə-ˌfō-bē, krō-ˈmäf-ə-bē \ noun plural chromophobies

chromophobe

noun

Medical Definition of chromophobe (Entry 2 of 2)

: a chromophobe cell especially of the pituitary gland

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