Definition of melanocyte
: an epidermal cell that produces melanin
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A. Hair goes gray as cells called melanocytes at the base of each hair follicle get damaged by disease, environmental exposures or simply age.
The melanocytes act as a natural sunscreen by darkening your face and thus make the skin less susceptible to UV rays.
Melanocytes that live between follicles control skin color, says Greg Barsh, a geneticist at Hudson Alpha Biotechnology Institute in Huntsville, Alabama.
All mammalian hair color is dictated by melanin-producing cells, called melanocytes, that live within hair follicles.
The researchers put human BRAF and P53 genes in every melanocyte, the pigmented skin cells, of the fish.
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Origin and Etymology of melanocyte
International Scientific Vocabulary
First Known Use: circa 1890See Words from the same year
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