melanize

verb mel·a·nize \ ˈme-lə-ˌnīz \

Definition of melanize

melanized; melanizing
transitive verb
1 :to convert into or infiltrate with melanin
2 :to make dark or black

melanization

play \ˌme-lə-nə-ˈzā-shən\ noun

First Known Use of melanize

1967


Medical Dictionary

melanize

transitive verb mel·a·nize
variants: or chiefly British melanise play \ˈmel-ə-ˌnīz\

medical Definition of melanize

melanized or chiefly British melanised; melanizing or chiefly British melanising
:to convert into or infiltrate with melanin
  • melanized cell granules

melanization

or chiefly British melanisation play \ˌmel-ə-nə-ˈzā-shən\ noun

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