[mon-uh-kroh-mat-ik, -oh-kruh-]
of or having one color.
of, pertaining to, or having tones of one color in addition to the ground hue: monochromatic pottery.
Optics. pertaining to light of one color or to radiation of a single wavelength or narrow range of wavelengths.
Ophthalmology. of or pertaining to monochromatism.

1815–25; mono- + chromatic

monochromatically, adverb
monochromaticity [mon-uh-kroh-muh-tis-i-tee] , noun Unabridged
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monochromatic or monochroic (ˌmɒnəʊkrəʊˈmætɪk, ˌmɒnəʊˈkrəʊɪk)
1.  Also: homochromatic (of light or other electromagnetic radiation) having only one wavelength
2.  physics (of moving particles) having only one kinetic energy
3.  of or relating to monochromatism
4.  a person who is totally colour-blind
monochroic or monochroic
monochro'matically or monochroic

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Word Origin & History

1822, from mono- + chromatic. Also cf. monochrome.
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Medical Dictionary

monochromatic mon·o·chro·mat·ic (mŏn'ə-krō-māt'ĭk)

  1. Having or appearing to have only one color.

  2. Of or relating to a pure spectral color of a single wavelength.

  3. Of or exhibiting achromatopsia.

mon'o·chro·mat'i·cal·ly adv.
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monochromatic   (mŏn'ə-krō-māt'ĭk)  Pronunciation Key 
  1. Consisting of a single wavelength of light or other radiation. Lasers, for example, usually produce monochromatic light.

  2. Having or appearing to have only one color. Compare polychromatic.

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Example sentences
He is a strange bright bird in a world where people are supposed to be
Since the electrons carry no color information, night vision devices have
  monochromatic screens.
His monochromatic work is executed with graphite sticks and gesso washes,
  merging drawing with painting.
Both groups are in the same family of monochromatic seabirds.
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