[kruh-mat-uh-fawr, -fohr, kroh-muh-tuh‐]
- Zoology. a cell containing pigment, especially one that through contraction and expansion produces a temporary color, as in cuttlefishes.
- Botany. one of the colored plastids in plant cells.
Origin of chromatophore
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Examples from the Web for chromatophore
A pyrenoid lies in a fold of the chromatophore on the dorsal part.
The pyrenoid is evidently concerned in the formation of the chromatophore, or in its division.
The cell-wall and the chromatophore bands divide, each nucleus passes to the centre, and two new cells are formed.
Schmitz states that the chromatophore is thickened in the middle and contains a pyrenoid.
Chromatophore single, covering the entire interior of the frustule, except the ventral part of the zone and the median lines.
- a cell in the skin of frogs, chameleons, etc, in which pigment is concentrated or dispersed, causing the animal to change colour
- another name for chromoplast
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Word Origin and History for chromatophore
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A specialized pigment-bearing organelle in certain photosynthetic bacteria and cyanobacteria.
- A pigment-bearing phagocyte found chiefly in the skin, mucous membrane, and choroid coat of the eye, as well as in melanomas.pigment cell
- Variant ofchromophore
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