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Descriptor English: Chromatophores
Descriptor Spanish: Cromatóforos
Descriptor Portuguese: Cromatóforos
Descriptor French: Chromatophores
Entry term(s): Chromatophore
Tree number(s): A11.436.265
RDF Unique Identifier: https://id.nlm.nih.gov/mesh/D002856
Scope note: The large pigment cells of fish, amphibia, reptiles and many invertebrates which actively disperse and aggregate their pigment granules. These cells include MELANOPHORES, erythrophores, xanthophores, leucophores and iridiophores. (In algae, chromatophores refer to CHLOROPLASTS. In phototrophic bacteria chromatophores refer to membranous organelles (BACTERIAL CHROMATOPHORES).)
Annotation: do not confuse with chromophores (chemical groups imparting color to a cpd); BACTERIAL CHROMATOPHORES is available
Allowable Qualifiers: CH chemistry
CL classification
CY cytology
DE drug effects
EN enzymology
IM immunology
ME metabolism
MI microbiology
PA pathology
PH physiology
PS parasitology
RE radiation effects
TR transplantation
UL ultrastructure
VI virology
Related: Pigmentation MeSH
DeCS ID: 2905
Unique ID: D002856
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Date Established: 1966/01/01
Date of Entry: 1999/01/01
Revision Date: 2003/07/09
Chromatophores - Preferred
Concept UI M0004384
Scope note The large pigment cells of fish, amphibia, reptiles and many invertebrates which actively disperse and aggregate their pigment granules. These cells include MELANOPHORES, erythrophores, xanthophores, leucophores and iridiophores. (In algae, chromatophores refer to CHLOROPLASTS. In phototrophic bacteria chromatophores refer to membranous organelles (BACTERIAL CHROMATOPHORES).)
Preferred term Chromatophores
Entry term(s) Chromatophore



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