[muh-lan-uh-sahyt, mel-uh-nuh-]

noun Cell Biology.

a cell producing and containing melanin.

Origin of melanocyte

First recorded in 1885–90; melano- + -cyte Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for melanocyte



anatomy zoology a cell, usually in the epidermis, that contains melanin
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melanocyte in Medicine




An epidermal cell capable of synthesizing melanin.
Related formsmel′a•no•cytic (-sĭtĭk) adj.
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melanocyte in Science


[mĕlə-nō-sīt′, mə-lănə-]

An epidermal cell that synthesizes melanin.
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