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.
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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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