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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [kruh-mat-uh-fawr, -fohr, kroh-muh-tuh‐]
    • /krəˈmæt əˌfɔr, -ˌfoʊr, ˈkroʊ mə tə‐/
    • /krəʊmˈatəfˌɔː/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [kruh-mat-uh-fawr, -fohr, kroh-muh-tuh‐]
    • /krəˈmæt əˌfɔr, -ˌfoʊr, ˈkroʊ mə tə‐/

Definitions of chromatophore word

  • noun chromatophore a cell in the skin of frogs, chameleons, etc, in which pigment is concentrated or dispersed, causing the animal to change colour 3
  • noun chromatophore a special animal cell, usually dermal, that contains pigment granules: it is often capable of expansion and contraction in such a manner that the skin color changes, as in the chameleon 3
  • noun chromatophore a plastid containing chlorophyll or other pigments 3
  • noun chromatophore Zoology. a cell containing pigment, especially one that through contraction and expansion produces a temporary color, as in cuttlefishes. 1
  • noun chromatophore Botany. one of the colored plastids in plant cells. 1
  • noun chromatophore A cell or plastid that contains pigment. 1

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Origin of chromatophore

First appearance:

before 1860
One of the 29% newest English words
First recorded in 1860-65; chromato- + -phore

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Parts of speech for Chromatophore


chromatophore popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 63% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 71% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

chromatophore usage trend in Literature

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