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[kroh-mat-ik, kruh-] /kroʊˈmæt ɪk, krə-/
pertaining to color or colors.
  1. involving a modification of the normal scale by the use of accidentals.
  2. progressing by semitones, especially to a tone having the same letter name, as in C to C sharp.
1590-1600; < Greek chrōmatikós, equivalent to chrōmat- (see chromato-) + -ikos -ic
Related forms
chromatically, adverb
nonchromatic, adjective
nonchromatically, adverb
unchromatic, adjective Unabridged
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Examples for chromatically
  • In other words, at least one note of the chord is chromatically altered.
British Dictionary definitions for chromatically


of, relating to, or characterized by a colour or colours
  1. involving the sharpening or flattening of notes or the use of such notes in chords and harmonic progressions
  2. of or relating to the chromatic scale or an instrument capable of producing it a chromatic harmonica
  3. of or relating to chromaticism Compare diatonic
Derived Forms
chromatically, adverb
chromaticism, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Greek khrōmatikos, from khrōma colour
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Word Origin and History for chromatically
1597 (of music), 1831 (of color), from Gk. khromatikos "suited for color," from khroma (gen. khromatos) "color, complexion, character," but also used of music, orig. "skin, surface."
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chromatically in Medicine

chromatic chro·mat·ic (krō-māt'ĭk)

  1. Relating to color or colors.

  2. Produced by or made in a color or colors.

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chromatically in Science
Relating to color or colors.
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