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noun, Optics.
the variation of either the focal length or the magnification of a lens system with different wavelengths of light, characterized by prismatic coloring at the edges of the optical image and color distortion within it.
a defect in a lens system in which different wavelengths of light are focused at different distances because they are refracted through different angles. It produces a blurred image with coloured fringes

chromatic aberration n.
Color distortion in an image produced by a lens, caused by the inability of the lens to bring the various colors of light to focus at a single point. Also called chromatism.
chromatic aberration
See under aberration.


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