metachromatism

[met-uh-kroh-muh-tiz-uh m]

Origin of metachromatism

First recorded in 1875–80; meta- + chromat- + -ism
Related formsmet·a·chro·mat·ic [met-uh-kroh-mat-ik, -kruh-] /ˌmɛt ə kroʊˈmæt ɪk, -krə-/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for metachromatic

metachromatic

adjective
  1. (of tissues and cells stained for microscopical examination) taking a colour different from that of the dye solution
  2. (of dyes) capable of staining tissues or cells a colour different from that of the dye solution
  3. of or relating to metachromatism

metachromatism

noun
  1. a change in colour, esp when caused by a change in temperature

Word Origin for metachromatism

C19: from meta- + chromato- + -ism
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metachromatic in Medicine

metachromatic

[mĕt′ə-krō-mătĭk]
adj.
  1. Of or relating to metachromasia.
  2. Relating to the property of certain chemical substances to appear as different colors depending upon the wavelength of light under which they are viewed.

metachromatism

[mĕt′ə-krōmə-tĭz′əm]
n.
  1. Metachromasia.
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