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Definition of "chromophore" []

  • A chemical group capable of selective light absorption resulting in the coloration of certain organic compounds. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "chromophore" in a sentence
  • "These single - and double-cone sensitivities were estimated based on two assumptions: (1) the visual pigment λ max for each gene is the same for all species; and (2) the chromophore is A1 (11 - cis retinal) for all species."
  • "Our first paper on Cypridina luciferin was published in 1957, although the chromophore structure of luciferin remained to be elucidated."
  • "Before leaving Princeton, I elucidated the chromophore of GFP (Shimomura, 1979)."