- a special animal cell, usually dermal, that contains pigment granules: it is often capable of expansion and contraction in such a manner that the skin color changes, as in the chameleon
- a plastid containing chlorophyll or other pigments
Origin of chromatophorechromato- + -phore
- Any of several types of pigment cells, especially one found in a fish, amphibian, or reptile.
- A multicellular organ in cephalopods that contains pigment cells.
- A specialized pigment-bearing organelle in certain photosynthetic bacteria.
chromato- (“color”) + -phore (“bearer”)