mel·​a·​nize | \ ˈme-lə-ˌnīz How to pronounce melanize (audio) \
melanized; melanizing

Definition of melanize

transitive verb

1 : to convert into or infiltrate with melanin
2 : to make dark or black

Other Words from melanize

melanization \ ˌme-​lə-​nə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce melanization (audio) \ noun

First Known Use of melanize

1967, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for melanize

melan(in) + -ize

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“Melanize.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 January 2020.

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variants: or chiefly British melanise \ ˈmel-​ə-​ˌnīz How to pronounce melanise (audio) \
melanized or chiefly British melanised; melanizing or chiefly British melanising

Medical Definition of melanize

: to convert into or infiltrate with melanin melanized cell granules

Other Words from melanize

melanization or chiefly British melanisation \ ˌmel-​ə-​nə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce melanisation (audio) \ noun

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