chromato-


a combining form meaning “color,” used in the formation of compound words in this sense and in the specialized sense of “chromatin”: chromatophore; chromatolysis.

Nearby words

  1. chromatid,
  2. chromatin,
  3. chromatin body,
  4. chromatism,
  5. chromatist,
  6. chromatogenous,
  7. chromatogram,
  8. chromatograph,
  9. chromatography,
  10. chromatology

Also especially before a vowel, chromat-.

Origin of chromato-

< Greek chromat-, stem of chrôma color + -o-

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British Dictionary definitions for chromato-

chromato-

before a vowel chromat-

combining form

indicating colour or colouredchromatophore
indicating chromatinchromatolysis

Word Origin for chromato-

from Greek khrōma, khrōmat- colour

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Word Origin and History for chromato-

chromato-

before vowels chromat-, word forming element indicating "color; chromatin," from Latinized form of Greek khromato-, from khroma (see chroma).

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Medicine definitions for chromato-

chromato-

pref.

Color:chromatophore.
Chromatin:chromatolysis.

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