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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
References in periodicals archive ?
Skin discoloration is the result of excess melanin -- natural pigment that gives color to skin -- often caused by chronic UV exposure, pollution, hormonal fluctuations, past acne blemishes, and natural aging.
As a result, melanocytes are stimulated to overproduce melanin, and the excess melanin is unevenly distributed in the epidermis, causing hyperpigmentation (Matt et al.
Excess melanin, they note, accounts for the darkened or ashen appearance darker skin has when it's irritated or sun damaged.