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Melanin

Definition

Alternative Names

Skin pigment

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Melanin is a natural substance that gives color (pigment) to hair, skin, and the iris of the eye. It is produced by cells in the skin called melanocytes.

Melanin also helps protect the skin from the sun.

References

Habif TP, ed. Principles of diagnosis and anatomy. . 5th ed. St. Louis, Mo: Mosby Elsevier; 2009:chap 1.

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