chromatophil

[kruh-mat-uh-fil, kroh-muh-tuh-]Histology

adjective

Also chro·mat·o·phil·ic, chro·ma·toph·i·lous [kroh-muh-tof-uh-luh s] /ˌkroʊ məˈtɒf ə ləs/. chromophil(def 1).

noun


Also chro·ma·to·phile [kroh-muh-tuh-fahyl, -fil, kroh-mat-uh-, kruh-] /ˈkroʊ mə təˌfaɪl, -fɪl, kroʊˈmæt ə-, krə-/.

Origin of chromatophil

chromophil

[kroh-muh-fil]Histology

adjective

Also chro·mo·phil·ic, chro·moph·i·lous [kroh-mof-uh-luh s] /kroʊˈmɒf ə ləs/, chromatophilic, chromatophilous. staining readily.

noun

a chromophil cell, tissue, or substance.
Also chro·mo·phile [kroh-muh-fahyl, -fil] /ˈkroʊ məˌfaɪl, -fɪl/, chromatophil, chromatophile.

Origin of chromophil

First recorded in 1895–1900; chromo- + -phil
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Medicine definitions for chromatophile

chromatophil

[krō-mătə-fĭl′, krōmə-tō-]

n.

Variant ofchromophil

chromophil

[krōmə-fĭl′]

n.

A cell or other histologic element that stains readily.

adj.

Staining readily. Used of a cell or cell structure.
Related formschro′mo•philic (krō′mə-fĭlĭk) adj.
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