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chromatic

[kroh-mat-ik, kruh-]
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adjective
  1. pertaining to color or colors.
  2. Music.
    1. involving a modification of the normal scale by the use of accidentals.
    2. progressing by semitones, especially to a tone having the same letter name, as in C to C sharp.
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Origin of chromatic

1590–1600; < Greek chrōmatikós, equivalent to chrōmat- (see chromato-) + -ikos -ic
Related formschro·mat·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·chro·mat·ic, adjectivenon·chro·mat·i·cal·ly, adverbun·chro·mat·ic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for non-chromatic

chromatic

adjective
  1. of, relating to, or characterized by a colour or colours
  2. music
    1. involving the sharpening or flattening of notes or the use of such notes in chords and harmonic progressions
    2. of or relating to the chromatic scale or an instrument capable of producing ita chromatic harmonica
    3. of or relating to chromaticismCompare diatonic
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Derived Formschromatically, adverbchromaticism, noun

Word Origin

C17: from Greek khrōmatikos, from khrōma colour
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Word Origin and History for non-chromatic

chromatic

adj.

1590s (of music), "progressing by half-tones;" 1831 as "pertaining to color," from Latin chromaticus, from Greek khromatikos "relating to color, suited for color," from khroma (genitive khromatos) "color, complexion, character," but chiefly used metaphorically of embellishments in music, originally "skin, surface" (see chroma).

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non-chromatic in Medicine

chromatic

(krō-mătĭk)
adj.
  1. Relating to color or colors.
  2. Produced by or made in a color or colors.
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non-chromatic in Science

chromatic

[krō-mătĭk]
  1. Relating to color or colors.
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