Eumelanosome | definition of eumelanosome by Medical dictionary
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The generally oval pigment granule (0.2 by 0.6 mcm) produced by melanocytes.
[melano- + G. sōma, body]
pigment granules containing eumelanin, produced within cells by melanosomes.
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Unlike normal black skin where the melanocytes contain mostly mature eumelanosomes
, melanocytes in OCA3 skin contain both eumelanosomes
and phaeomelanosomes at various stages of melanisation.
hold a black pigment called melanin, he notes, and egg-shaped or near-spherical phaeomelanosomes contain pigments ranging from reddish brown through yellow.