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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If you take a bunch of iridocyte cells in red, blue, green or yellow and you grind them up, then you wouldn't see any color," DeMartini says.
Perhaps the iridescent cells, called iridocytes, play an optical function.
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.