the variation of either the focal length or the magnification of a lens system with different wavelengths of light, characterized by prismatic coloring at the edges of the optical image and color distortion within it.
Also called chromatism.
Origin of chromatic aberration
First recorded in 1825–35
Words nearby chromatic aberration
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British Dictionary definitions for chromatic aberration
a defect in a lens system in which different wavelengths of light are focused at different distances because they are refracted through different angles. It produces a blurred image with coloured fringes
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Medical definitions for chromatic aberration
Color distortion in an image produced by a lens, caused by the inability of the lens to bring the various colors of light to focus at a single point.chromatism
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Scientific definitions for chromatic aberration
See under aberration.
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