melanosome

[ muh-lan-uh-sohm, mel-uh-nuh- ]
/ məˈlæn əˌsoʊm, ˈmɛl ə nə- /

noun Cell Biology.

an organelle in melanocytes that synthesizes and stores melanin.

Nearby words

  1. melanophore,
  2. melanoplakia,
  3. melanosis,
  4. melanosis coli,
  5. melanosity,
  6. melanospermous,
  7. melanotic,
  8. melanotic carcinoma,
  9. melanotic neuroectodermal tumor,
  10. melanotic whitlow

Origin of melanosome

First recorded in 1935–40; melano- + -some3

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Medicine definitions for melanosome

melanosome

[ mĕlə-nō-sōm′, mə-lăn′ə- ]

n.

Any of the usually oval pigment granules that are produced by melanocytes.

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