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melanocyte

[muh-lan-uh-sahyt, mel-uh-nuh-] /məˈlæn əˌsaɪt, ˈmɛl ə nə-/
noun, Cell Biology
1.
a cell producing and containing melanin.
Origin
1885-1890
1885-90; melano- + -cyte
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Examples from the web for melanocyte
  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for melanocyte

melanocyte

/ˈmɛlənəʊˌsaɪt/
noun
1.
(anatomy, zoology) a cell, usually in the epidermis, that contains melanin
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melanocyte in Medicine

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 in Science
melanocyte
  (měl'ə-nō-sīt', mə-lān'ə-)   
An epidermal cell that synthesizes melanin.
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