[kruh-mat-uh-fawr, -fohr, kroh-muh-tuh‐] /krəˈmæt əˌfɔr, -ˌfoʊr, ˈkroʊ mə tə‐/

Zoology. a cell containing pigment, especially one that through contraction and expansion produces a temporary color, as in cuttlefishes.
Botany. one of the colored plastids in plant cells.
a cell in the skin of frogs, chameleons, etc, in which pigment is concentrated or dispersed, causing the animal to change colour
another name for chromoplast

“pigment cell,” 1864, from chromato- + Greek -phoros “bearing, bearer,” from pherein “to carry” (see infer).

chromatophore chro·mat·o·phore (krō-māt’ə-fôr’)

chro·mat’o·phor’ic (-fôr’ĭk) adj.


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