Definition of melanocyte in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmɛlənə(ʊ)ˌsʌɪt/
Pronunciation: /mɪˈlanə(ʊ)ˌsʌɪt/


A mature melanin-forming cell, especially in the skin.
Example sentences
  • Moles are usually harmless collections of pigmented cells called melanocytes on your skin.
  • The most widespread type of melanin is responsible for skin colour; the melanocytes, deep in the epidermis, make it, and transfer it into the keratin cell layer of the skin.
  • Freckles are spots of increased pigment, produced by cells called melanocytes, which make melanin (the substance that gives skin its color).

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