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chromatophore Syllabification: chro·mat·o·phore
Pronunciation: /krōˈmatəfôr/

Definition of chromatophore in English:


A cell or plastid that contains pigment.
Example sentences
  • The rapid changes in shade and colour are made possible by cells called chromatophores, which are full of pigment and can expand or contract under nervous control.
  • He subsequently investigated the endocrine regulation of chromatophores and eye pigments.
  • Previously, time-resolved fluorescence and transient absorption measurements have been performed using chromatophores from Rhodospirillum (Rps.) rubrum and Blastochloris (Bl.) viridis.


Pronunciation: /krəˌmatəˈfôrik/ /ˌkrōmətə-/
Example sentences
  • Color changes are achieved through the use of different layers of cells stacked together, known as chromatophoric organs, photophores and various types of reflector cells under nervous control.
  • The dark line shows the extent of the chromatophoric surface.
  • Still, they are different species; and, with regard to emotions, the biggest difference is that one is chromatophoric and the other is not.
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