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metachromatism

[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.
Origin
1875-1880
1875-80; meta- + chromat- + -ism
Related forms
metachromatic
[met-uh-kroh-mat-ik, -kruh-] /ˌmɛt ə kroʊˈmæt ɪk, -krə-/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for metachromatic

metachromatic

/ˌmɛtəkrəʊˈmætɪk/
adjective
1.
(of tissues and cells stained for microscopical examination) taking a colour different from that of the dye solution
2.
(of dyes) capable of staining tissues or cells a colour different from that of the dye solution
3.
of or relating to metachromatism

metachromatism

/ˌmɛtəˈkrəʊməˌtɪzəm/
noun
1.
a change in colour, esp when caused by a change in temperature
Word Origin
C19: from meta- + chromato- + -ism
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metachromatic in Medicine

metachromatic met·a·chro·mat·ic (mět'ə-krō-māt'ĭk)
adj.

  1. Of or relating to metachromasia.

  2. Relating to the property of certain chemical substances to appear as different colors depending upon the wavelength of light under which they are viewed.

metachromatism met·a·chro·ma·tism (mět'ə-krō'mə-tĭz'əm)
n.
Metachromasia.

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