Definition of Chromophore

1. Noun. The chemical group that gives color to a molecule.

Generic synonyms: Chemical Group, Group, Radical
Group relationships: Dye, Dyestuff



Definition of Chromophore

1. n. Any chemical group or residue (as NO2; N2; or O2) which imparts some decided color to the compound of which it is an ingredient.

Definition of Chromophore

1. Noun. (chemistry) that part of the molecule of a dye responsible for its colour ¹

2. Noun. (chemistry) (''more generally'') the group of atoms in a molecule in which the electronic transition responsible for a given spectral band is located ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Chromophore

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Medical Definition of Chromophore

1. The part of a visibly coloured molecule responsible for light absorption over a range of wavelengths thus giving rise to the colour. By extension the term may be applied to UV or IR absorbing parts of molecules. Do not confuse with chromatophores. This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Chromophore

chromophanes
chromophil
chromophil adenoma
chromophil granule
chromophil substance
chromophilia
chromophilic
chromophobe
chromophobe adenoma
chromophobe cells of anterior lobe of hypophysis
chromophobe granules
chromophobes
chromophobia
chromophobic
chromophobic adenoma
chromophore (current term)
chromophores
chromophoric
chromophotography
chromophototherapy
chromophyte
chromophytes
chromoplast
chromoplastid
chromoplastids
chromoplasts
chromoprotein
chromoproteins
chromos
chromoshadow

Literary usage of Chromophore

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1. Journal of the American Chemical Society by American Chemical Society (1879)
"Total luminescence spectra. teristic of the naphthalene chromophore was observed from I when the naphthalene chromophore was initially excited. ..."

2. Physiological histology, methods and theory by Gustav Mann (1902)
"If a dye consisting of a strong basic chromophore + the basic NH2 group has introduced one or more hydroxyl groups, its strongly basic nature becomes ..."

3. The New Sydenham Society's Lexicon of Medicine and the Allied Sciences ...by Henry Power, Leonard William Sedgwick, New Sydenham Society by Henry Power, Leonard William Sedgwick, New Sydenham Society (1882)
"F. chromophore.) Applied to the coloured follicle¬ę or globules on the body of the Cephalopoda, first observed by San-Giovanni. Chroma sia oc'nll. ..."

4. A Dictionary of Chemical Terms by James Fitton Couch (1920)
"Dyestuffs whose chromophore is the nitro group. Dyes, Nitroso. ... Sulphur containing dyestuffs of the chromophore R. Dyes, Triphenylmethane. ..."

5. Computational Biology: Hearing Before the Committee on Commerce, Science edited by Conrad Burns (1996)
"The proteins autocatalytically modify the amino acids to create a chromophore during the expression of the protein (cyclization of serine- ..."

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