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melanocyte

Pronunciation: mel'a-no-sit

Definition: A pigment-producing cell located in the basal layer of the epidermis with branching processes by means of which melanosomes are transferred to epidermal cells, resulting in pigmentation of the epidermis. It is also present in the basal layer of the epithelium of the oral cavity.

Synonym(s): melanodendrocyte, pigment cell of skin

[melano- + G. kytos, cell]

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