[pan-kroh-mat-ik, -kruh-]


sensitive to all visible colors, as a photographic film.

Origin of panchromatic

First recorded in 1900–05; pan- + chromatic
Related formspan·chro·ma·tism [pan-kroh-muh-tiz-uh m] /pænˈkroʊ məˌtɪz əm/, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for panchromatic

Historical Examples of panchromatic

  • A panchromatic plate and red filter was used as in the case of the moon.

    Visual Illusions

    Matthew Luckiesh

  • This effect was obtained by the use of a panchromatic plate in conjunction with a red colour screen.

    The Essentials of Illustration

    T. G. (Thomas George) Hill

British Dictionary definitions for panchromatic



photog (of an emulsion or film) made sensitive to all colours by the addition of suitable dyes to the emulsionCompare orthochromatic
Derived Formspanchromatism (pænˈkrəʊməˌtɪzəm), noun
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