melanocyte

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melano- +‎ -cyte

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melanocyte (plural melanocytes)

  1. A cell in the skin that produces the pigment melanin.
    • 1905, Willy Edward Alexander Wyman, Catechism of the Principles of Veterinary Surgery, page 06:
      As previously stated, it is pigmented, this pigmentation depending upon the so-called melanocytes.

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