[ het-er-uh-kroh-mat-ik, -oh-kruh- ]
/ ˌhɛt ər ə kroʊˈmæt ɪk, -oʊ krə- /


of, having, or pertaining to more than one color.
having a pattern of mixed colors.
Genetics. of or relating to heterochromatin.

Origin of heterochromatic

First recorded in 1890–95; hetero- + chromatic

Related forms

het·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


/ (ˌhɛtərəʊkrəʊˈmætɪk) /


of or involving many different colours
physics consisting of or concerned with different frequencies or wavelengths

Derived Forms

heterochromatism, noun
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Medicine definitions for heterochromatic


[ hĕt′ə-rō-krō-mătĭk ]


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