me·​la·​no·​gen·​e·​sis mə-ˌla-nə-ˈje-nə-səs How to pronounce melanogenesis (audio)
: the formation of melanin

Examples of melanogenesis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For skin lightening to work, melanogenesis—the process to synthesize melanin—must be inhibited. Kang-Chun Cheng, Quartz, 11 Aug. 2021

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Word History


melano- + genesis, after French mélanogénèse

First Known Use

1909, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of melanogenesis was in 1909

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Cite this Entry

“Melanogenesis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

Medical Definition


me·​la·​no·​gen·​e·​sis mə-ˌlan-ə-ˈjen-ə-səs How to pronounce melanogenesis (audio) ˌmel-ə-nō- How to pronounce melanogenesis (audio)
plural melanogeneses -ˌsēz How to pronounce melanogenesis (audio)
: the formation of melanin
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