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Descriptor English:   Melanocytes 
Descriptor Spanish:   Melanocitos 
Descriptor Portuguese:   Melanócitos 
Synonyms English:   Melanocyte  
Tree Number:   A11.409.750
Definition English:   Mammalian pigment cells that produce MELANINS, pigments found mainly in the EPIDERMIS, but also in the eyes and the hair, by a process called melanogenesis. Coloration can be altered by the number of melanocytes or the amount of pigment produced and stored in the organelles called MELANOSOMES. The large non-mammalian melanin-containing cells are called MELANOPHORES. 
Indexing Annotation English:   do not confuse with MELANOPHORES
History Note English:   72(69) 
Allowable Qualifiers English:  
CH chemistry CL classification
CY cytology DE drug effects
EN enzymology IM immunology
ME metabolism MI microbiology
PS parasitology PA pathology
PH physiology RE radiation effects
TR transplantation UL ultrastructure
VI virology  
Record Number:   8713 
Unique Identifier:   D008544 

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