melan-

combining form
variants: or

melano-

Definition of melan-

  1. 1 :  black :  dark melanic melanin

  2. 2 :  melanin melanophore

Origin and Etymology of melan-

Greek, from melan-, melas; perhaps akin to Lithuanian mėlynas blue, Sanskrit malina dirty


Medical Dictionary

melan-

combining form
variants: or

melano-

Medical Definition of melan-

  1. 1:  black :  dark melanin melanoma

  2. 2:  melanin melanogenesis


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