[ kuhl-uh-rim-i-ter ]
/ ˌkʌl əˈrɪm ɪ tər /


a device that analyzes color by measuring a given color in terms of a standard color, a scale of colors, or certain primary colors.

Origin of colorimeter

First recorded in 1860–65; color + -i- + -meter

Related forms

col·or·i·met·ric [kuhl-er-uh-me-trik] /ˌkʌl ɛr əˈmɛ trɪk/, col·or·i·met·ri·cal, adjectivecol·or·i·met·ri·cal·ly, adverbcol·or·im·e·trist, nouncol·or·im·e·try, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for colorimetry


/ (ˌkʌləˈrɪmɪtə) /


Also called: tintometer an apparatus for determining the concentration of a solution of a coloured substance by comparing the intensity of its colour with that of a standard solution or with standard colour slides
any apparatus for measuring the quality of a colour by comparison with standard colours or combinations of colours

Derived Forms

colorimetric (ˌkʌlərɪˈmɛtrɪk) or colorimetrical, adjectivecolorimetrically, adverbcolorimetry, noun
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Medicine definitions for colorimetry


[ kŭl′ə-rĭmĭ-trē ]


A technique for measuring the concentration of a known constituent of a solution by comparison of colors of standard solutions of that constituent.

Related forms

col′or•i•metric (-ər-ə-mĕtrĭk) adj.
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