A dermal pigment cell that does not secrete its pigment granules but participates in rapid color changes by intracellular aggregation and dispersal of melanosomes; it is well developed in fish, amphibians, and reptiles, but absent in humans. [melano- + G. phoros, bearing]

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me·la·no·phore mə-'lan-ə-.fō(ə)r, 'mel-ə-nə-, -.fȯ(ə)r n a chromatophore esp. of fishes, amphibians, and reptiles that contains melanin: a black or brown pigment cell
me·la·no·phor·ic -.lan-ə-'fōr-ik, -'fȯr- adj

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mel·a·no·phore (melґə-no-for″) [melano- + -phore] a type of chromatophore containing melanin, found especially in the dermis of fishes, amphibians, and reptiles.

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