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n. pl. me·lis·ma·ta (-mə-tə) or me·lis·mas
A passage of multiple notes sung to one syllable of text, as in Gregorian chant.

[Greek, melody, from melizein, to sing, from melos, song.]

mel′is·mat′ic (mĕl′ĭz-măt′ĭk) adj.
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n, pl -mata (-mətə) or -mas
(Music, other) music an expressive vocal phrase or passage consisting of several notes sung to one syllable
[C19: from Greek: melody]
melismatic adj
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(mɪˈlɪz mə)

n., pl. -mas, -ma•ta (-mə tə)
a musical phrase of several notes sung to one syllable, as in plainsong.
[1605–15; < Greek mélisma song. See melody, -ism]
mel•is•mat•ic (ˌmɛl ɪzˈmæt ɪk) adj.
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"Apart from creases and wrinkles, the uneven skin tone associated with hyperpigmentation can actually make you look older," she said, citing that Asians have more melisma and pigment disorders compared with Western counterparts.
The songs themselves are entirely text driven, with the prose set almost exclusively syllabically and in a declamatory fashion--with the exception of a melisma in Part 1 on the name of George Bush!
Sun exposure and family history are the most dominant factors playing roles in the development of melisma (Guinot et al., 2010; Sonthalia and Sarkar, 2015; Trivedi et al., 2017).3,6,7 Clinically, melasma and its severity differ depending on the geographic location of the person.
Some of the common causes of hyperpigmentation include inflammation, skin injury, phytophotodermatitis (photo toxicity), lentigines, melisma, melanoma or even it can be a drug-induced condition.
"From a medical point of view, skin whitening is necessary for conditions such as melisma, which is a pigmentation of the skin that is common in women during pregnancy.
But, the 30-year-old London-raised songstress' three-month participation early this year in the sixth edition of the Chinese performing tilt 'Singer 2018,' where she was declared winner, revealed not just her prodigious ability to embellish her performances with soaring vocal arpeggiation and a healthy dose of melisma, but also her emotionally detached interpretations.
And as Jane, April Fredrick did more than display a perfectly-formed voice, fearless in melisma, bright at the top and reflective in descent, all the while acting with a genuine response to her character's development.
Clinical studies have shown that ascorbyl glucoside safely modulates common forms of hyper-pigmentation such as: age spots and difficult-to-treat melisma. (5-6) This stems from its ability to block the action of tyrosinase, a key enzyme involved in the formation of new melanin.
"Our Dark Spot Reducing Serum lightens the density of dark spots, age spots, sunburn, uneven skin tone due to melisma or hyper-pigmentation and under-eye dark circles in less than three weeks."
Her melisma over the final lyric, "Baalbek," captured the mood of the night: emotional yet haunting in its celebration.
Musicologists, composers, and organists from the UK and US consider his personal voice, including the influence of his composition professor Charles Villiers Stanford, his use of counterpoint in Take Him, Earth, for Cherishing, and the style of Six Pieces for Organ; his church music and solo songs, with discussion of his Collegium regale and the Gloucester Service and his use of melisma; his instrumental music, namely In Gloucestershire and the oboe and clarinet sonatas; his contribution to the development of a modern voice for British music through his piano concertos, the phantasy genre, and his late style; and the impact of his son's death on his life and work, with discussion of In Modo Elegiaco, the Cello Concerto, and Hymnus Paradisi.