melanotic freckles

melanotic freckles

Uneven, light to dark brown, blotchy areas of pigmentation containing abnormal MELANOCYTES that sometimes occur on the cheek prominences of people after middle age. Melanotic freckles are precancerous and may progress to MALIGNANT MELANOMAS. Also known as malignant lentigo.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005