chromophore

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chro·mo·phore

 (krō′mə-fôr′)
n.
Any of various chemical groups that absorb light of certain wavelengths and when present in an organic compound, such as a dye or pigment, are responsible for the color of the compound.

chro′mo·phor′ic (-fôr′ĭk) adj.

chromophore

(ˈkrəʊməˌfɔː)
n
(Chemistry) a group of atoms in a chemical compound that are responsible for the colour of the compound
ˌchromoˈphoric, ˌchromoˈphorous adj

chro•mo•phore

(ˈkroʊ məˌfɔr, -ˌfoʊr)

n.
any chemical group that produces color in a compound, as the azo group −N=N−.
[1875–80]
chro`mo•phor′ic (-ˈfɔr ɪk, -ˈfɒr-) adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.chromophore - the chemical group that gives color to a molecule
chemical group, radical, group - (chemistry) two or more atoms bound together as a single unit and forming part of a molecule
dye, dyestuff - a usually soluble substance for staining or coloring e.g. fabrics or hair
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