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Pronunciation: kro-mat'o-for


  1. A colored plastid, due to the presence of chlorophyll or other pigments, found in certain forms of protozoa.
  2. Melanophage; a pigment-bearing phagocyte found chiefly in the skin, mucous membrane, and choroid coat of the eye, and also in melanomas.
  3. A colored plastid in plants, chloroplasts, leukoplasts, etc.

Synonym(s): chromophore

[chromato- + G. phoros, bearing]

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