achromatic

[ak-ruh-mat-ik, ey-kruh-]

adjective

Optics.
  1. free from color.
  2. able to emit, transmit, or receive light without separating it into colors.
Biology. (of a cell structure) difficult to stain.
Music. without accidentals or changes in key.

RELATED WORDS


Nearby words

  1. achroite,
  2. achromacyte,
  3. achromasia,
  4. achromat,
  5. achromate,
  6. achromatic colour,
  7. achromatic lens,
  8. achromatic objective,
  9. achromatic prism,
  10. achromatic vision

Origin of achromatic

First recorded in 1760–70; a-6 + chromatic

Related formsach·ro·mat·i·cal·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for achromatic

achromatic

adjective

without colour
capable of reflecting or refracting light without chromatic aberration
cytology
  1. not staining with standard dyes
  2. of or relating to achromatin
music
  1. involving no sharps or flats
  2. another word for diatonic
denoting a person who is an achromat
Derived Formsachromatically, adverbachromatism (əˈkrəʊməˌtɪzəm) or achromaticity (əˌkrəʊməˈtɪsɪtɪ), noun

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Word Origin and History for achromatic

achromatic

adj.

1766, from Greek akhromatos "colorless," from a-, privative prefix (see a- (3)), + khromat-, comb. form of khroma "color" (see chroma) + -ic.

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Medicine definitions for achromatic

achromatic

[ăk′rə-mătĭk]

adj.

Of or relating to color perceived to have zero saturation and therefore no hue, such as neutral grays, white, or black.
Refracting light without spectral color separation.
Of or relating to cells or tissues difficult to stain with standard dyes.

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Science definitions for achromatic

achromatic

[ăk′rə-mătĭk]

Designating color perceived to have zero saturation and therefore no hue, such as neutral grays, white, or black.
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