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[muh-lan-uh-blast, mel-uh-nuh-] /məˈlæn əˌblæst, ˈmɛl ə nə-/

noun, Biology.
an undifferentiated cell that develops into a melanophore or melanocyte.

melanoblast mel·a·no·blast (měl’ə-nō-blāst’, mə-lān’ə-)
A precursor cell of a melanocyte or melanophore.
mel’a·no·blas’tic adj.


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