Pronunciation: (meh-LAN-oh-site)

A cell in the skin and eyes that produces and contains the pigment called melanin.

Source: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

Caption: Anatomy of the skin, showing the epidermis, dermis, and subcutaneous tissue. Melanocytes are in the layer of basal cells at the deepest part of the epidermis.

Date last modified: 2014-10-28