chromophore

[ kroh-muh-fawr, -fohr ]
/ ˈkroʊ məˌfɔr, -ˌfoʊr /

noun

any chemical group that produces color in a compound, as the azo group −N=N−.

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Origin of chromophore

First recorded in 1875–80; chromo- + -phore

OTHER WORDS FROM chromophore

chro·mo·phor·ic [kroh-muh-fawr-ik, -for-ik], /ˌkroʊ məˈfɔr ɪk, -ˈfɒr ɪk/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for chromophore

chromophore
/ (ˈkrəʊməˌfɔː) /

noun

a group of atoms in a chemical compound that are responsible for the colour of the compound

Derived forms of chromophore

chromophoric or chromophorous, adjective
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Medical definitions for chromophore

chromophore
[ krōmə-fôr′ ]

n.

A chemical group capable of selective light absorption resulting in coloration of certain organic compounds.color radical
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