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Noun: chromatophore  krow'ma-tu,for
  1. Plastid containing pigments other than chlorophyll usually yellow or orange carotenoids
    - chromoplast
  2. A cell or vesicle containing liquid pigment and capable of changing its form or size, thus causing changes of colour in the translucent skin of such animals as possess them; they are highly developed and numerous in the cephalopods

Derived forms: chromatophores

Type of: plastid

Encyclopedia: Chromatophore