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Descriptor English: Melanocytes
Descriptor Spanish: Melanocitos
Descriptor Portuguese: Melanócitos
Descriptor French: Mélanocytes
Entry term(s): Melanocyte
Tree number(s): A11.409.750
A11.436.613
RDF Unique Identifier: https://id.nlm.nih.gov/mesh/D008544
Scope note: 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.
Annotation: do not confuse with MELANOPHORES
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
Previous Indexing: Chromatophores (1966-1968)
Public MeSH Note: 72
History Note: 72(69)
DeCS ID: 8713
Unique ID: D008544
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Date Established: 1972/01/01
Date of Entry: 1999/01/01
Revision Date: 2018/06/30
Melanocytes - Preferred
Concept UI M0013308
Scope note 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.
Preferred term Melanocytes
Entry term(s) Melanocyte



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