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mel·a·nin

 (mĕl′ə-nĭn)
n.
Any of a group of naturally occurring dark pigments, especially the pigment found in skin, hair, fur, and feathers.

melanin

(ˈmɛlənɪn)
n
(Biology) any of a group of black or dark brown pigments present in the hair, skin, and eyes of man and animals: produced in excess in certain skin diseases and in melanomas

mel•a•nin

(ˈmɛl ə nɪn)

n.
any of a class of insoluble pigments that are found in all forms of animal life and account for the dark color of skin, hair, fur, scales, and feathers.
[1835–45; < Greek melan-, s. of mélās black + -in1]
mel′a•nin•like`, adj.

mel·a·nin

(mĕl′ə-nĭn)
A dark pigment found in the skin, hair, scales, feathers, and eyes of animals. It provides protection against the sun's rays by absorbing ultraviolet light.

melanin

A dark pigment occurring in skin and hair.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.melanin - insoluble pigments that account for the color of e.g. skin and scales and feathersmelanin - insoluble pigments that account for the color of e.g. skin and scales and feathers
feather, plumage, plume - the light horny waterproof structure forming the external covering of birds
cutis, skin, tegument - a natural protective body covering and site of the sense of touch; "your skin is the largest organ of your body"
animal pigment - pigment occurring in animals
Translations
melaniini

melanin

[ˈmelənɪn] Nmelanina f

melanin

[ˈmɛlənɪn] nmélanine f

mel·a·nin

n. melanina, pigmento oscuro de la piel, el pelo y partes del ojo.

melanin

n melanina
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In dark skinned persons who fall into the high risk category, presence of excess melanin in the skin can impair its ability to make vitamin D.
48), with emblica and date fruit extracts, to normalize and inhibit the production of excess melanin.