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[mon-uh-kroh-mat-ik, -oh-kruh-] /ˌmɒn ə kroʊˈmæt ɪk, -oʊ krə-/
of or having one color.
of, relating to, or having tones of one color in addition to the ground hue:
monochromatic pottery.
Optics. pertaining to light of one color or to radiation of a single wavelength or narrow range of wavelengths.
Ophthalmology. of or relating to monochromatism.
Origin of monochromatic
First recorded in 1815-25; mono- + chromatic
Related forms
monochromatically, adverb
[mon-uh-kroh-muh-tis-i-tee] /ˌmɒn əˌkroʊ məˈtɪs ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
noun Unabridged
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  • The vapour from the mixture ignites and we have a monochromatic flame.

  • You can't get monochromatic light, because light can't be monochromatic.

    The Ultimate Weapon John Wood Campbell
  • Pauline is the same Pauline who wanted to draw in monochromatic drawing.

    How To Do It Edward Everett Hale
  • monochromatic painting upon pottery, familiar to the primitive Ionians, seems to have originated upon the Syro-Phnician coasts.

    History of Ancient Art Franz von Reber
  • Imagine P to be surrounded in the first instance by a glass shade which transmits only monochromatic red light.

British Dictionary definitions for monochromatic


Also homochromatic. (of light or other electromagnetic radiation) having only one wavelength
(physics) (of moving particles) having only one kinetic energy
of or relating to monochromatism
a person who is totally colour-blind
Derived Forms
monochromatically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for monochromatic

1807, from mono- + chromatic, or from monochrome + -atic. Related: Monochromatically (1784).

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monochromatic in Medicine

monochromatic mon·o·chro·mat·ic (mŏn'ə-krō-māt'ĭk)

  1. Having or appearing to have only one color.

  2. Of or relating to a pure spectral color of a single wavelength.

  3. Of or exhibiting achromatopsia.

mon'o·chro·mat'i·cal·ly adv.
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monochromatic in Science
  1. Consisting of a single wavelength of light or other radiation. Lasers, for example, usually produce monochromatic light.

  2. Having or appearing to have only one color. Compare polychromatic.

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