Definition of melanophore in English:

melanophore

noun

Zoology
  • A cell containing melanin; especially such a cell in reptiles, amphibians, and fishes which is contractile and confers the ability to change the depth of colour.

Origin

Early 20th century; earliest use found in Proceedings of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. From German Melanophor from melano- + -phor.

Pronunciation

melanophore

/ˈmɛlənə(ʊ)fɔː//mɪˈlanəfɔː/