iridocyte


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iridocyte

(ˈɪrɪdəʊˌsaɪt)
n
(Biology) zoology a guanine-containing cell in the skin of fish and some cephalopods, giving these animals their iridescence
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Perhaps the iridescent cells, called iridocytes, play an optical function.
The squid make rainbows when color-change cells called iridocytes lose water.
The latest research from the UCSB team shows that specialized cells in the squid skin called iridocytes contain deep pleats or invaginations of the cell membrane extending deep into the body of the cell.