A histiocyte that has phagocytized melanin. [melano- + G. phagein, to eat]

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me·la·no·phage mə-'lan-ə-.fāj, 'mel-ə-nə- n a melanin-containing cell which obtains the pigment by phagocytosis

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mel·a·no·phage (melґə-no-fāj″) [melano- + -phage] a histiocyte laden with phagocytosed melanin.

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  • chromatophore — 1. A colored plastid, due to the presence of chlorophyll or other pigments, found in certain forms of protozoa. 2. Melanophage; a pigment bearing phagocyte found chiefly in the skin, mucous membrane, and choroid coat of the eye, and also in… …   Medical dictionary

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