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Pigment Biology

Pigment is an organic compound that gives color to plant or animal tissue. Examples of pigments include chlorophyll in plants, hemoglobin in blood, and myoglobin in muscle tissue. Pigments play important roles in photosynthesis, vision, and camouflage.

Pigment: An organic compound that gives a characteristic color to plant or animal tissue. For example, chlorophyll in plants (green), hemoglobin in the blood (red), and myoglobin in muscle tissue (red).