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a. Relating to colors or color.
b. Relating to color perceived to have a saturation greater than zero.
2. Music
a. Of, relating to, or based on the chromatic scale.
b. Relating to chords or harmonies based on nonharmonic tones.

[Greek khrōmatikos, from khrōma, khrōmat-, color.]

chro·mat′i·cal·ly adv.
chro·mat′i·cism (-sĭz′əm) n.
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(kroʊˈmæt əˌsɪz əm, krə-)

chromatic musical style.
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the use of the chromatic scale or chromatic halftones in musical compositions. Cf. diatonicism.
See also: Music
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[krəˈmætɪsɪzəm] n (Mus) → cromatismo
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