melanin

noun
mel·​a·​nin | \ ˈme-lə-nən How to pronounce melanin (audio) \

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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Arbutin works by directly inhibiting the activity of tyrosinase enzymes central to the production of melanin. Allure, "The Skin-Care Glossary: A Comprehensive Guide to Everything You Need to Know," 17 Aug. 2018 Just like the rest of your skin, the undereyes produce more melanin when exposed to UV rays, so what turns into a tan line on your body becomes a dark circle under your eyes. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "How to Get Rid of Dark Circles," 4 Feb. 2019 Experts think melasma likely happens when your melanocytes (the color-making cells in your skin) go a little overboard in making the dark pigment known as melanin. Korin Miller, SELF, "What You Should Know About Melasma, Those Random Dark Spots on Your Face," 27 Aug. 2018 Melanin Madness Day: March 1 This day of glory lifts up all things melanin! Danielle Young, The Root, "14 Black Holidays We Wish Were Real That Are Not Juneteenth, Kwanzaa or MLK Day," 19 June 2018 One of these ingestibles can power a 5 milliWatt device (or, 0.005 of a watt) for up to 18 hours using 600 milligrams of active melanin material. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "You Can Swallow This Battery," 24 Aug. 2016 The melanin in your skin overreacts to UV damage and pools together to create an age spot. Melissa Matthews, Woman's Day, "The Foolproof Anti-Aging Skin Routine," 24 Aug. 2015 This build-up blocks the production of melanin, a.k.a. our hair's pigment. 7. Marci Robin, Good Housekeeping, "9 Things You Didn't Know About Gray Hair," 27 July 2018 The only difference between us is the melanin in our skin. Michael Harriot, The Root, "The Root’s Clapback Mailbag: Lotion Is the Cure for Racism," 18 May 2018

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1843, in the meaning defined above

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melanin

noun

English Language Learners Definition of melanin

: a dark brown or black substance that is a natural part of people's skin, hair, and eyes

melanin

noun
mel·​a·​nin | \ ˈmel-ə-nən How to pronounce melanin (audio) \

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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