Definition of metachrosis in English:

metachrosis

Line breaks: meta|chro¦sis
Pronunciation: /ˌmɛtəˈkrəʊsɪs
 
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noun

[mass noun] Zoology
  • The ability of chameleons and some other animals to change colour.
    More example sentences
    • Our data also emphasize the dual neural and endocrine character of metachrosis in the Ambystoma larva.
    • Color changing or metachromatism or metachrosis is common in chordates and in vertebrates such as fish, amphibians and in some types of lizards.
    • Melanophore cells are the main controls for metachrosis.

Origin

late 19th century: modern Latin, from meta- (denoting a change of condition) + Greek khrōsis 'colouring'.

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