melanoblast


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melanoblast

[mə′lan·ə‚blast]
(histology)
Precursor cell of melanocytes and melanophores.
An immature pigment cell in certain vertebrates.
A mature cell that elaborates melanin.
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Lei TC, Vieira WD, Hearing VJ: In vitro migration of melanoblasts requires matrix metalloproteinase-2: Implications to vitiligo therapy by photochemotherapy.
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