[het-er-uh-kroh-mat-ik, -oh-kruh-]
  1. of, having, or pertaining to more than one color.
  2. having a pattern of mixed colors.
  3. Genetics. of or relating to heterochromatin.

Origin of heterochromatic

First recorded in 1890–95; hetero- + chromatic
Related formshet·er·o·chro·ma·tism [het-er-uh-kroh-muh-tiz-uh m] /ˌhɛt ər əˈkroʊ məˌtɪz əm/, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for heterochromatic


  1. of or involving many different colours
  2. physics consisting of or concerned with different frequencies or wavelengths
Derived Formsheterochromatism, noun
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heterochromatic in Medicine


  1. Of or relating to heterochromatin.
  2. Of or characterized by different colors; varicolored.
  3. Consisting of different wavelengths or frequencies.
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