Metachromatic body

metachromatic body n.
A concentrated deposit of phosphate polymer, lipid, and nucleoprotein occurring in many bacteria, algae, fungi, and protozoa, and having staining properties different from those of the surrounding protoplasm.


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    [met-uh-kroh-muh-tiz-uh m] /ˌmɛt əˈkroʊ məˌtɪz əm/ noun 1. change of color, especially that due to variation in the temperature of a body. /ˌmɛtəˈkrəʊməˌtɪzəm/ noun 1. a change in colour, esp when caused by a change in temperature metachromatism met·a·chro·ma·tism (mět’ə-krō’mə-tĭz’əm) n. Metachromasia.

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