melanin

noun mel·a·nin \ ˈme-lə-nən \

Definition of melanin

:any of various black, dark brown, reddish-brown, or yellow pigments of animal or plant structures (such as skin or hair)

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First Known Use of melanin

1843


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melanin

noun mel·a·nin \ ˈmel-ə-nən \

medical Definition of melanin

:any of various black, dark brown, reddish brown, or yellow pigments of animal or plant structures (as skin, hair, the choroid, or a raw potato when exposed to air); especially :any of numerous animal pigments that are essentially polymeric derivatives of indole formed by enzymatic modification of tyrosine

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