One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A mature melanin-forming cell, especially in the 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.’
- ‘Moles are usually harmless collections of pigmented cells called melanocytes on your skin.’
- ‘One gene encodes a protein called agouti, which normally signals skin cells called melanocytes to produce a reddish-yellow pigment.’
- ‘Freckles are spots of increased pigment, produced by cells called melanocytes, which make melanin (the substance that gives skin its color).’
- ‘A reduction in melanocytes predisposes the skin to easier burning.’
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