Metachrosis Met`a*chro"sis, n. [NL., from Gr. ? beyond + ? a coloring.] (Biol.) The power of changing color at will by the expansion of special pigment cells, under nerve influence, as seen in many reptiles, fishes, etc. --Cope. [1913 Webster]

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  • metachrosis — noun The ability to change colour by the expansion and contraction of chromatophores …   Wiktionary

  • metachrosis — A change of color, such as occurs in certain animals, e.g., the chameleon, by expansion and contraction of chromatophores. [meta + G. chrosis, a coloring] * * * meta·chro·sis .met ə krō səs n, pl chro·ses .sēz the power of some animals (as many… …   Medical dictionary

  • metachrosis — [ˌmɛtə krəʊsɪs] noun Zoology the ability of some animals, e.g. chameleons, to change colour. Origin C19: mod. L., from meta + Gk khrōsis colouring …   English new terms dictionary

  • metachrosis — meta·chro·sis …   English syllables

  • metachrosis —   n. ability to change colour voluntarily …   Dictionary of difficult words

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