trichromatic

adjective
tri·​chro·​mat·​ic | \ ˌtrī-krō-ˈma-tik How to pronounce trichromatic (audio) \

Definition of trichromatic

1 : of, relating to, or consisting of three colors trichromatic light
2a : relating to or being the theory that human color vision involves three types of retinal sensory receptors
b : characterized by trichromatism trichromatic vision

Examples of trichromatic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web About 30 million years ago, one of our primate ancestors’ cones split into two — red- and green-detecting — which, together with the existing blue-detecting cone, give us trichromatic vision. Quanta Magazine, "A Bird’s-Eye View of Nature’s Hidden Order," 12 July 2016

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First Known Use of trichromatic

circa 1890, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Trichromatic.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/trichromatic. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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trichromatic

adjective
tri·​chro·​mat·​ic | \ ˌtrī-krō-ˈmat-ik How to pronounce trichromatic (audio) \

Medical Definition of trichromatic

1 : of, relating to, or consisting of three colors trichromatic light
2a : relating to or being the theory that human color vision involves three types of retinal sensory receptors
b : characterized by trichromatism trichromatic vision

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