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A plastid that contains pigments other than chlorophyll, usually yellow or orange carotenoids.


(Botany) a coloured plastid in a plant cell, esp one containing carotenoids


(ˈkroʊ məˌplæst)

a plastid containing coloring matter other than chlorophyll.
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Noun1.chromoplast - plastid containing pigments other than chlorophyll usually yellow or orange carotenoids
plastid - any of various small particles in the cytoplasm of the cells of plants and some animals containing pigments or starch or oil or protein
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Chromoplasts in fruits and vegetables come in different types; globular types provide the best beta-carotene bioavailability, while crystalline types provide less.
As a result, the researchers believe they may be able to use specific proteins to regulate the functions of chloroplasts -- such as the conversion of chloroplasts into highly-pigmented chromoplasts during the ripening of fruit.
Red bell pepper Loose parenchyma cells with small red/orange chromoplasts.
Lutein and zeaxanthin are associated with chloroplasts or chromoplasts in plants.