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Related to melanize: melanism, humification, melanisation


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


(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
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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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Effects of larval nutrition, adult body size, and adult temperature on the ability of Anopheles gambiae (Diptera: Culicidae) to melanize Sephadex(r) beads.