melanocyte

[muh-lan-uh-sahyt, mel-uh-nuh-]
noun Cell Biology.
a cell producing and containing melanin.

Origin:
1885–90; melano- + -cyte

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melanocyte (ˈmɛlənəʊˌsaɪt)
 
n
anatomy, zoology a cell, usually in the epidermis, that contains melanin

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melanocyte mel·a·no·cyte (měl'ə-nō-sīt')
n.
An epidermal cell capable of synthesizing melanin.


mel'a·no·cyt'ic (-sĭt'ĭk) adj.
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melanocyte   (měl'ə-nō-sīt', mə-lān'ə-)  Pronunciation Key 
An epidermal cell that synthesizes melanin.
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There is a cell called the melanocyte that is responsible for giving skin, hair, and eyes pigmentation.
Within every hair follicle is a population of melanocyte stem cells.
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