melanism


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mel·a·nism

 (mĕl′ə-nĭz′əm)
n.
1. See melanosis.
2. Dark coloration of the skin, hair, fur, or feathers because of a high concentration of melanin.

mel′a·nis′tic adj.

melanism

(ˈmɛləˌnɪzəm)
n
1. (Zoology) the condition in man and animals of having dark-coloured or black skin, feathers, etc. Industrial melanism is the occurrence of dark varieties of animals, esp moths, in smoke-blackened industrial regions, in which they are well camouflaged
2. (Pathology) another name for melanosis
ˌmelaˈnistic adj

mel•a•nism

(ˈmɛl əˌnɪz əm)

n.
1. dark pigmentation, as of the skin, hair, or fur, due to a high concentration of melanin granules.
2. an unusually high concentration of melanin in the skin, plumage, or pelage of an animal.
[1835–45]
mel`a•nis′tic, adj.

mel·a·nism

(mĕl′ə-nĭz′əm)
Dark coloration of the skin, hair, fur or feathers because of a high concentration of melanin.

melanism

a darkening caused by an unusually high amount of pigmentation in the skin, hair, and eyes.
See also: Blackening and Blackness
a darkening of the skin caused by an unusually high amount of pigmentation.
See also: Skin
darkness or blackness of eyes, hair, or complexion.
See also: Complexion
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.melanism - a condition characterized by abnormal deposits of melanin (especially in the skin)
disease of the skin, skin disease, skin disorder - a disease affecting the skin
Translations

melanism

[ˈmelənɪzəm] Nmelanismo m
References in classic literature ?
Looking to the cases which I have collected of cross-bred animals closely resembling one parent, the resemblances seem chiefly confined to characters almost monstrous in their nature, and which have suddenly appeared--such as albinism, melanism, deficiency of tail or horns, or additional fingers and toes; and do not relate to characters which have been slowly acquired by selection.
Melanism can occur in any leopard or jaguar population as I recall."
Camera traps have captured photos of unique coloration in other wildlife, such as melanism in jaguars (Panthera onca) (Kays, 2017).
Melanism refers to an inordinate development of dark pigment.
A panther is any leopard, cougar or jaguar with a condition that turns their fur black, called melanism. Believe it or not, Padma and her kin have spots on their fur like leopards, but they're too dark to see!
Alexander called this process of skin darkening "facultative melanism."
The flamingo, which is believed to suffer from 'melanism', a genetic irregularity which turns it a dark brown or black, had caused a media storm all over the world when it first arrived in 2015.
The finding adds turtle-headed sea snakes (Emydocephalus annulatus) to the diverse list of creatures that exhibit"industrial melanism," when darker animal varieties become dominant in polluted environments.