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[kroh-muh-fawr, -fohr]
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  1. 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
Related formschro·mo·phor·ic [kroh-muh-fawr-ik, -for-ik] /ˌkroʊ məˈfɔr ɪk, -ˈfɒr ɪk/, adjective
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  1. a group of atoms in a chemical compound that are responsible for the colour of the compound
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Derived Formschromophoric or chromophorous, adjective
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chromophore in Medicine


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