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[mon-uh-kroh-mat-ik, -oh-kruh-] /ˌmɒn ə kroʊˈmæt ɪk, -oʊ krə-/
of or having one color.
of, relating 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 relating to monochromatism.
Origin of monochromatic
1815-25; mono- + chromatic
Related forms
monochromatically, adverb
[mon-uh-kroh-muh-tis-i-tee] /ˌmɒn əˌkroʊ məˈtɪs ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
noun Unabridged
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  • He is a strange bright bird in a world where people are supposed to be monochromatic.
  • 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.
  • Mind you, a monochromatic palette has its downsides.
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  • The ballet requires virtuoso dancing of a sort that is more sustained and monochromatic sheen than bursts of sparkling fireworks.
  • Subtle monochromatic tone-on-tone colors create his moods.
  • Carry one with your own mashed-up print outfit or as a pop of color with a monochromatic look.
  • Bjornson was a wizard of darkness, monochromatic palettes and mysterious grand staircases.
British Dictionary definitions for monochromatic


Also homochromatic. (of light or other electromagnetic radiation) having only one wavelength
(physics) (of moving particles) having only one kinetic energy
of or relating to monochromatism
a person who is totally colour-blind
Derived Forms
monochromatically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for monochromatic

1807, from mono- + chromatic, or from monochrome + -atic. Related: Monochromatically (1784).

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monochromatic in Medicine

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 in Science
  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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