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Meaning of MELANISM

Pronunciation:  'melu`nizum

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  a condition characterized by abnormal deposits of melanin (especially in the skin)

MELANISM is a 8 letter word that starts with M.


 Synonyms: melanosis
 See Also: disease of the skin, skin condition, skin disease, skin disorder, skin problem



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Mel"a*nism\ (m[e^]l"[.a]*n[i^]z'm), n. [Gr. me`las,
    -anos, black.]
    1. An undue development of dark-colored pigment in the skin
       or its appendages; -- the opposite of albinism.
    2. (Med.) A disease; black jaundice. See {Mel?na}.
  2. \Mel"a*nism\, n. (Ethnol.)
    The character of having a high degree of pigmentation, as
    shown in dark skin, eyes, and hair.
Biology Dictionary
 Definition: An abnormally large amount of the pigment melanin in an organism, contributing to abnormally dark skin, hair and/or eyes. Melanism can be hereditary -- passed on from parent to offspring.