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chromatic

[kroh-mat-ik, kruh-] /kroʊˈmæt ɪk, krə-/
adjective
1.
pertaining to color or colors.
2.
Music.
  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.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Greek chrōmatikós, equivalent to chrōmat- (see chromato-) + -ikos -ic
Related forms
chromatically, adverb
nonchromatic, adjective
nonchromatically, adverb
unchromatic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for nonchromatically

chromatic

/krəˈmætɪk/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or characterized by a colour or colours
2.
(music)
  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 nonchromatically

chromatic

adj.

1590s (of music), "progressing by half-tones;" 1831 as "pertaining to color," from Latin chromaticus, from Greek khromatikos "relating to color, suited for color," from khroma (genitive khromatos) "color, complexion, character," but chiefly used metaphorically of embellishments in music, originally "skin, surface" (see chroma).

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nonchromatically in Medicine

chromatic chro·mat·ic (krō-māt'ĭk)
adj.

  1. Relating to color or colors.

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

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nonchromatically in Science
chromatic
  (krō-māt'ĭk)   
Relating to color or colors.
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