WORD ORIGIN adjective pertaining to color or colors. . Music involving a modification of the normal scale by the use of accidentals. progressing by semitones, especially to a tone having the same letter name, as in C to C sharp. Origin of chromatic 1590–1600;
-ikos -ic Related forms chro·mat·i·cal·ly, adverb non·chro·mat·ic, adjective non·chro·mat·i·cal·ly, adverb un·chro·mat·ic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for non-chromatic adjective of, relating to, or characterized by a colour or colours music involving the sharpening or flattening of notes or the use of such notes in chords and harmonic progressions of or relating to the chromatic scale or an instrument capable of producing it a chromatic harmonica of or relating to chromaticism Compare diatonic Derived Forms chromatically, adverb chromaticism, noun Word Origin for chromatic
C17: from Greek
khrōmatikos, from khrōma colour
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Word Origin and History for non-chromatic adj.
1590s (of music), "progressing by half-tones;" 1831 as "pertaining to color," from Latin
chromaticus, from Greek khromatikos "relating to color, suited for color," from khroma (genitive khromatos) "color, complexion, character," but chiefly used metaphorically of embellishments in music, originally "skin, surface" (see chroma).
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non-chromatic in Medicine adj. Relating to color or colors. Produced by or made in a color or colors.
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Relating to color or colors.
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