[ pol-ee-kroh-mat-ik, -kruh- ]
/ ˌpɒl i kroʊˈmæt ɪk, -krə- /


having or exhibiting a variety of colors.
Also pol·y·chro·mic [pol-ee-kroh-mik] /ˌpɒl iˈkroʊ mɪk/.

Origin of polychromatic

First recorded in 1840–50; poly- + chromatic

Related forms

pol·y·chro·ma·tism [pol-ee-kroh-muh-tiz-uh m] /ˌpɒl iˈkroʊ məˌtɪz əm/, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for polychromatic


polychromic (ˌpɒlɪˈkrəʊmɪk) or polychromous

/ (ˌpɒlɪkrəʊˈmætɪk) /


having various or changing colours
(of light or other electromagnetic radiation) containing radiation with more than one wavelength

Derived Forms

polychromatism (ˌpɒlɪˈkrəʊməˌtɪzəm), noun
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Medicine definitions for polychromatic


[ pŏl′ē-krō-mătĭk ]


Having or exhibiting many colors.

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Science definitions for polychromatic


[ pŏl′ē-krō-mătĭk ]

Consisting of or related to radiation of more than one wavelength.
Of or having many colors. Compare monochromatic.

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