Chromatophore



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

noun
1.
Zoology. a cell containing pigment, especially one that through contraction and expansion produces a temporary color, as in cuttlefishes.
2.
Botany. one of the colored plastids in plant cells.
/ˈkrəʊmətəˌfɔː/
noun
1.
a cell in the skin of frogs, chameleons, etc, in which pigment is concentrated or dispersed, causing the animal to change colour
2.
another name for chromoplast
n.

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

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

chro·mat’o·phor’ic (-fôr’ĭk) adj.

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