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tr.v. mel·a·nized, mel·a·niz·ing, mel·a·niz·es
To convert into or infiltrate with melanin.
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(ˈmɛləˌnaɪz) or


1. (Biology) (tr) to turn into melanin, or to cause the deposition or production of melanin in
2. (Biology) (intr) to darken or blacken due to the formation of melanin
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Verb1.melanize - convert into, or infiltrate with melanin
convert - change in nature, purpose, or function; undergo a chemical change; "The substance converts to an acid"
2.melanize - make or become blackmelanize - make or become black; "The smoke blackened the ceiling"; "The ceiling blackened"
discolour, discolor, color, colour - change color, often in an undesired manner; "The shirts discolored"
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