[ muh-lan-uh-fawr, -fohr, mel-uh-nuh- ]

  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

Words Nearby melanophore Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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Scientific definitions for melanophore


[ 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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