[muh-lan-uh-fawr, -fohr, mel-uh-nuh-]
- a pigmented connective-tissue cell containing melanin in its cytoplasm, responsible for color changes in many fishes and reptiles.
Origin of melanophore
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The smaller frogs were recently metamorphosed as evidenced by the melanophore deposits above the vent.
- A pigment cell that contains melanin, especially as found in the skin of amphibians and reptiles.
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- A pigmented cell that contains melanin, found especially in the skin of fishes, amphibians, and reptiles.
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