melanocyte

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

noun Cell Biology.

a cell producing and containing melanin.

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Origin of melanocyte

First recorded in 1885–90; melano- + -cyte
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British Dictionary definitions for melanocyte

melanocyte
/ (ˈmɛlənəʊˌsaɪt) /

noun

anatomy zoology a cell, usually in the epidermis, that contains melanin
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Medical definitions for melanocyte

melanocyte
[ mĕlə-nō-sīt′ ]

n.

An epidermal cell capable of synthesizing melanin.

Other words from melanocyte

mel′a•no•cytic (-sĭtĭk) adj.
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Scientific definitions for melanocyte

melanocyte
[ mĕlə-nō-sīt′, mə-lănə- ]

An epidermal cell that synthesizes melanin.
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