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melanophore

[muh-lan-uh-fawr, -fohr, mel-uh-nuh-]
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noun Biology.
  1. a pigmented connective-tissue cell containing melanin in its cytoplasm, responsible for color changes in many fishes and reptiles.
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Origin of melanophore

First recorded in 1900–05; melano- + -phore
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  • The smaller frogs were recently metamorphosed as evidenced by the melanophore deposits above the vent.

    A Synopsis of Neotropical Hylid Frogs, Genus Osteocephalus

    Linda Trueb


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melanophore

(mĕlə-nə-fôr′, mə-lănə-)
n.
  1. A pigment cell that contains melanin, especially as found in the skin of amphibians and reptiles.
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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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