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adj. also chro·mo·phil·ic (-fĭl′ĭk)
Readily stained with dyes. Used of a cell or cell structure.
A chromophil cell or cell structure.
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a cell that takes a stain easily
relating to cells or a substance that takes a stain easily
another word for chromaffin
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(ˈkroʊ mə fɪl)

1. staining readily with dye in the laboratory.
2. a chromophil cell or cell part.
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On the other hand, when Taussig and his chromophile friends describe color not just as something animated or animating but as animal, so actually alive, or as "plasma" or "polymorphous magical substance," are we "just" witnessing a psychedelic trip?
For I am a chromophile, and "chromophobia," as defined by Batchelor, turns out to be the Janus face of chromophilia.