Melanocytes

Science / Biology / Melanocytes: The cells in the inner layer of the epidermis that produce melanin.

Melanin

Science / Biology / Melanin: A pigment that gives the skin color and protects the underlying layers against damage by ultraviolet light; produced by melanocytes in the inner layer of the epidermis. MORE

Epidermis

Science / Biology / Epidermis: 1. The outermost layer of skin consisting of several layers of epithelial cells&emdash;notably, keratinocytes&emdash;and, in the inner layer of the epidermis, basal cells and melanocytes. 2. The outer MORE

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