me·​la·​no·​blast | \ mə-ˈla-nə-ˌblast How to pronounce melanoblast (audio) , ˈme-lə-nō- \

Definition of melanoblast

: a cell that is a precursor of a melanocyte or melanophore

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Examples of melanoblast in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Normally, a specific group of cells in developing chickens’ systems use EDN3 to guide the migration of color-creating melanoblasts, but in hyperpigmented breeds, almost all of the chickens’ cells express EDN3. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "These Chickens Have Jet Black Hearts, Beaks and Bones," 20 Sep. 2019 And when a normal chicken is developing, certain cells, like those in the skin and feather follicles, express EDN3, which triggers the migration of melanoblasts, or the cells that go on to create color. Jason Bittel, National Geographic, "This chicken has black bones, organs, and meat: Here’s why.," 16 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of melanoblast

1901, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for melanoblast

borrowed from German Melanoblast, from melano- melano- + -blast -blast

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The first known use of melanoblast was in 1901

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29 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Melanoblast.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 20 January 2020.

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me·​la·​no·​blast | \ mə-ˈlan-ə-ˌblast How to pronounce melanoblast (audio) , ˈmel-ə-nō- How to pronounce melanoblast (audio) \

Medical Definition of melanoblast

: a cell that is a precursor of a melanocyte or melanophore — compare melanocyte

Other Words from melanoblast

melanoblastic \ mə-​ˌlan-​ə-​ˈblas-​tik How to pronounce melanoblastic (audio) , ˌmel-​ə-​nō-​ How to pronounce melanoblastic (audio) \ adjective

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