Definition of Melanocyte

1. Noun. A cell in the basal layer of the epidermis that produces melanin under the control of the melanocyte-stimulating hormone.

Generic synonyms: Epidermal Cell



Definition of Melanocyte

1. Noun. A cell in the skin that produces the pigment melanin. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Melanocyte

1. [n -S]

Medical Definition of Melanocyte

1. Special cells in the skin and the eye that synthesise melanin pigments. Clusters of melanocytes often appear on the skin as moles. In fish and reptiles, the pigments are stored in melanosomes (chromatophores) that can be redistributed in the cytoplasm to change pigment patterns. Synonym: melanodendrocyte. Origin: melano-+ G. + kytos, a hollow (cell) (29 Sep 1997)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Melanocyte

melano
melano-
melanoacanthoma
melanoameloblastoma
melanoblast
melanoblastoma
melanoblasts
melanocarcinoma
melanochroi
melanochroic
melanochroite
melanochroites
melanocomous
melanocortin
melanocortins
melanocyte (current term)
melanocyte-stimulating hormone
melanocytes
melanocytic
melanocytoma
melanocytosis
melanocytotic
melanodendrocyte
melanoderma
melanoderma chloasma
melanodermatitis
melanodermic
melanogaster
melanogasters
melanogen

Literary usage of Melanocyte

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1. Proceedings of the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine (1903)
"... the results suggest that in mot- considerable amounts of tyrosinase re synthesized but remain inactive an inadequate supply of copper 5 melanocyte. ..."

2. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1883)
"These are (i) the decline in the content of melanocyte-stimulating hormone (MSH) in rat pituitaries which occurs soon after animals receive injections of ..."

3. Journal of the American Chemical Society by American Chemical Society (1879)
"... and shown to possess melanocyte- stimulating as well as ACTH-releasing activities. Since peptide I contains methionine, glutamic acid, histidine, ..."

4. A Lifelong Passion: Nicholas and Alexandra: Their Own Story by Andrei Maylunas (2005)
"... stimulates alpha-melanocyte-stimulating hormone release from frog pituitary melanotrophs through activation of ..."

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