chromatic

[ kroh-mat-ik, kruh- ]
/ kroʊˈmæt ɪk, krə- /

adjective

pertaining to color or colors.
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.

Nearby words

  1. chromaffinoma,
  2. chromaffinopathy,
  3. chromakey,
  4. chromat-,
  5. chromate,
  6. chromatic aberration,
  7. chromatic adaptation,
  8. chromatic colour,
  9. chromatic scale,
  10. chromatic sign

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 chromatic

chromatic

/ (krəˈmætɪk) /

adjective

of, relating to, or characterized by a colour or colours
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
Derived Formschromatically, adverbchromaticism, noun

Word Origin for chromatic

C17: from Greek khrōmatikos, from khrōma colour

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Word Origin and History for 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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Medicine definitions for chromatic

chromatic

[ krō-mătĭk ]

adj.

Relating to color or colors.
Produced by or made in a color or colors.

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Science definitions for chromatic

chromatic

[ krō-mătĭk ]

Relating to color or colors.
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