[ mon-uh-kroh-mat-ik, -oh-kruh- ]
/ ˌmɒn ə kroʊˈmæt ɪk, -oʊ krə- /


of or having one color.
of, relating to, or having tones of one color in addition to the ground hue: monochromatic pottery.
Optics. pertaining to light of one color or to radiation of a single wavelength or narrow range of wavelengths.
Ophthalmology. of or relating to monochromatism.

Origin of monochromatic

First recorded in 1815–25; mono- + chromatic

OTHER WORDS FROM monochromatic

mon·o·chro·mat·i·cal·ly, adverbmon·o·chro·ma·tic·i·ty [mon-uh-kroh-muh-tis-i-tee] /ˌmɒn əˌkroʊ məˈtɪs ɪ ti/, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for monochromatic


monochroic (ˌmɒnəʊˈkrəʊɪk)

/ (ˌmɒnəʊkrəʊˈmætɪk) /


Also: homochromatic (of light or other electromagnetic radiation) having only one wavelength
physics (of moving particles) having only one kinetic energy
of or relating to monochromatism


a person who is totally colour-blind

Derived forms of monochromatic

monochromatically, adverb
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Medicine definitions for monochromatic

[ mŏn′ə-krō-mătĭk ]


Having or appearing to have only one color.
Of or relating to a pure spectral color of a single wavelength.
Of or exhibiting achromatopsia.

Other words from monochromatic

mon′o•chro•mati•cal•ly adv.
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Science definitions for monochromatic

[ mŏn′ə-krō-mătĭk ]

Consisting of a single wavelength of light or other radiation. Lasers, for example, usually produce monochromatic light.
Having or appearing to have only one color. Compare polychromatic.
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