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The perceived saturation, or intensity, of a color. Chroma is one of the three coordinates of the Munsell system of color notation. The maximum chroma, or 100 percent pure color, can have numbers of about 18-20. Weakly saturated colors can have chromas of about 2. The constant hue charts are prepared with regular progression from achromatic colors (black, gray, or white) at the left side of each chart to saturated colors on the right side. Chroma is an attribute in the CIE L*C*H* color model.

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