melan-


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melan-

pref.
Variant of melano-.

melan-

prefix
(Colours) (before a vowel) same as melano-

melan-

var. of melano-: melancholy.
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ETYMOLOGY: The name, melanosomatica, derived from the Greek melan- (=black) + Greek somat (=body), refers to the largely black body, one of the main recognition characters of the species.
Come the end of the vacation and there'll have been a failed suicide, various cases of mistaken identity, an unexpected coupling and a lot of dawning self-awareness as the comedy gives way to more muted melan- choly.
In addition, Genzyme's Molecular Oncology division recently initiated a phase I/II clinical trial in melanoma, using a gene therapy vaccine that combines two of the most widely expressed melanoma tumor antigens, Melan- A/MART-1 and gp100.