chromophore

noun
chro·​mo·​phore | \ ˈkrō-mə-ˌfȯr How to pronounce chromophore (audio) \

Definition of chromophore

: a chemical group (such as an azo group) that absorbs light at a specific frequency and so imparts color to a molecule also : a colored chemical compound

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Other Words from chromophore

chromophoric \ ˌkrō-​mə-​ˈfȯr-​ik How to pronounce chromophore (audio) , -​ˈfär-​ \ adjective

Examples of chromophore in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web With far infrared instruments on JWST, teams at University of Leicester in the United Kingdom are hoping to locate such chromophores in the red spot. Shannon Stirone, WIRED, "Space Photos of the Week: Scientists Are Seeing Red Over Jupiter’s Spot," 30 June 2018

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First Known Use of chromophore

1879, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chromophore

chromo- + -phore

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“Chromophore.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chromophore. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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chromophore

noun
chro·​mo·​phore | \ ˈkrō-mə-ˌfō(ə)r, -ˌfȯ(ə)r How to pronounce chromophore (audio) \

Medical Definition of chromophore

: a chemical group (as an azo group) that absorbs light at a specific frequency and so imparts color to a molecule also : a colored chemical compound

Other Words from chromophore

chromophoric \ ˌkrō-​mə-​ˈfȯr-​ik, -​ˈfär-​ How to pronounce chromophore (audio) \ adjective

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