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  1. producing color.
  2. Chemistry. pertaining to chromogen or a chromogen.
  3. (of bacteria) producing some characteristic color or pigment that is useful as a means of identification.
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Origin of chromogenic

First recorded in 1880–85; chromo- + -genic
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Examples from the Web for chromogenic

Historical Examples

  • Two or three chromogenic forms producing still other colors have occasionally been found in milk.

    Outlines of Dairy Bacteriology, 8th edition

    H. L. Russell

  • The cause of the difficulty has been traced by Connell to the development of a chromogenic bacterium, Bacillus rudensis.

  • No means are known by which these coloured spots, due to the growth of chromogenic organisms, can be removed from the rubber.

  • It also acts as a chromogenic centre when double bonds or ethylenic linkages are present, as in fluorene ketone or fluorenone.

British Dictionary definitions for chromogenic


  1. producing colour
  2. of or relating to a chromogen
  3. photog involving the use of chromogens rather than silver halide during processing to produce the imagechromogenic film
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chromogenic in Medicine


  1. Of or relating to a chromogen or to chromogenesis.
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