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[muh-lan-uh-sohm, mel-uh-nuh-] /məˈlæn əˌsoʊm, ˈmɛl ə nə-/

noun, Cell Biology.
an organelle in melanocytes that synthesizes and stores melanin.

melanosome mel·a·no·some (měl’ə-nō-sōm’, mə-lān’ə-)
Any of the usually oval pigment granules that are produced by melanocytes.


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