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[muh-lan-uh-fawr, -fohr, mel-uh-nuh-] /məˈlæn əˌfɔr, -ˌfoʊr, ˈmɛl ə nə-/
noun, Biology.
a pigmented connective-tissue cell containing melanin in its cytoplasm, responsible for color changes in many fishes and reptiles.
Origin of melanophore
First recorded in 1900-05; melano- + -phore Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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melanophore mel·a·no·phore (měl'ə-nə-fôr', mə-lān'ə-)
A pigment cell that contains melanin, especially as found in the skin of amphibians and reptiles.

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  (měl'ə-nə-fôr', mə-lān'ə-)   
A pigmented cell that contains melanin, found especially in the skin of fishes, amphibians, and reptiles.
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