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Definition & Meaning: Chrom(o) Word Root

Did you know these interesting facts about words with the root word “Chrom(o)”?

  • The element chromium was named for the brilliant colors of its compounds.
  • Chromic compounds contain trivalent chromium and are usually green or violet, while divalent chromous ones are usually blue.
  • Chromates contain the group -CrO4 and are usually yellow.
  • Chromite is a brownish-black ore of chromium.

The root word “Chrom(o)” is derived from the Greek word meaning “color, pigment.”

For instance, achromatic means without color; chromium refers to a blue-white metallic chemical element; and chromatics is the study of color.

Chroma, Chromatic, and Chromosome - Words Derived from Chrom(o) Root Word

Words Based on the Chrom(o) Word Root

Commonly Used Words Based on the Chrom(o) Root Word:

  • Chroma: Color
  • Chromatic: Relating to color
  • Chromosome: A tiny body found in living cells that controls heredity
  • Chrome: A pigment (e.g., chrome yellow, chrome green)
  • Chromium: A rust-resisting metal

Archaic Words Based on the Chrom(o) Word Root:

  • Chromascope: An instrument showing the effects of color
  • Chromatist: An expert in chromatics
  • Chromatology: The science of colors
  • Chromatometer: An instrument for measuring color perception

Technical Words/Jargon Based on the Chrom(o) Word Root:

  • Chromatic scale: A musical scale with many shades of tone
  • Chromatism: Abnormal coloration of the green parts of plants
  • Chromatoblast: An embryonic cell that becomes a pigment cell
  • Chromogenesis: Color production
  • Chromidrosis: Abnormally colored sweat
  • Chromatosis: Unnatural pigmentation of the skin
  • Chromophobic: Difficult to stain
  • Chromophilic: Easy to stain

Related Word Roots

1. Pigment

Meaning: A substance that gives color to tissues or materials.

  • Pigmentation: The natural coloring of animal or plant tissue
  • Pigmentary: Relating to pigment
  • Pigmentosa: A condition involving the pigmentation of tissues

2. Color

Meaning: The property possessed by an object of producing different sensations on the eye as a result of the way it reflects or emits light.

  • Coloration: The appearance of something with regard to color
  • Colorist: A person who uses color skillfully
  • Colorimeter: An instrument for measuring colors

3. Hue

Meaning: A color or shade.

  • Hue: A particular shade of a given color
  • Hueful: Full of color
  • Hue-changing: Capable of changing color

We hope this lesson on the root word “Chrom(o)” has introduced you to many new and exciting words. Keep revising and learning with Wordpandit. See you next time!

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