[muh-lan-uh-fawr, -fohr, mel-uh-nuh-]
noun Biology.
  1. 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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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melanophore in Medicine


[mĕlə-nə-fôr′, mə-lănə-]
  1. A pigment cell that contains melanin, especially as found in the skin of amphibians and reptiles.
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melanophore in Science


[mĕlə-nə-fôr′, mə-lănə-]
  1. A pigmented cell that contains melanin, found especially in the skin of fishes, amphibians, and reptiles.
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