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melanosome

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

an organelle in melanocytes that synthesizes and stores melanin.

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Origin of melanosome

First recorded in 1935–40; melano- + -some3
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melanosome
[ mĕlə-nō-sōm′, mə-lăn′ə- ]

n.

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