melanoblast

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

noun Biology.

an undifferentiated cell that develops into a melanophore or melanocyte.

Nearby words

  1. melanism,
  2. melanite,
  3. melanitic,
  4. melano-,
  5. melanoameloblastoma,
  6. melanoblastoma,
  7. melanocarcinoma,
  8. melanochroi,
  9. melanocyte,
  10. melanocyte-stimulating hormone

Origin of melanoblast

First recorded in 1900–05; melano- + -blast

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Medicine definitions for melanoblast

melanoblast

[ mĕlə-nō-blăst′, mə-lănə- ]

n.

A precursor cell of a melanocyte or melanophore.
Related formsmel′a•no•blastic adj.


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