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[muh-lan-uh-sahyt, mel-uh-nuh-] /məˈlæn əˌsaɪt, ˈmɛl ə nə-/

noun, Cell Biology.
a cell producing and containing melanin.
(anatomy, zoology) a cell, usually in the epidermis, that contains melanin

melanocyte mel·a·no·cyte (měl’ə-nō-sīt’)
An epidermal cell capable of synthesizing melanin.
mel’a·no·cyt’ic (-sĭt’ĭk) adj.
(měl’ə-nō-sīt’, mə-lān’ə-)
An epidermal cell that synthesizes melanin.


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