a crystal of guanine in the dermis of fishes, a layer of which produces reflective silvery white or iridescent tones typical of fishes. Also called iridiophore

Dictionary of ichthyology. 2009.

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  • iridocyte — noun A cell, found in some animals, that is filled with iridescent crystals of guanine Syn: guanophore, iridophore …   Wiktionary

  • iridocyte — iri·do·cyte (i ridґo sīt) [irido + cyte] one of the cells in the scales of fishes that contains crystals of guanine capable of producing iridescence …   Medical dictionary

  • iridocyte — irid·o·cyte …   English syllables

  • iridocyte — īˈridəˌsīt, ə̇ˈr noun ( s) Etymology: irid + cyte : a cell that occurs especially in the skin of fishes and reptiles and appears iridescent greenish from included guanine compare guanophore …   Useful english dictionary

  • iridiophore — iridocyte …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • Iridescence — Pearlescent redirects here. For the type of paint, see Pearlescent coatings. Iridescent redirects here. For the Linkin Park song, see Iridescent (song). Iridescence in soap bubbles …   Wikipedia

  • guanophore — a guanine containing pigment cell. Also called iridocyte or leucophore …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • leucophore — a yellow pigment bearing cell. Also called guanophore or iridocyte …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • iridophore — n. [L. iris, rainbow; Gr. phoreus, bearer] An iridescent chromatophore; an iridocyte …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • iridophore — noun iridocyte …   Wiktionary

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