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ˈmɛl əˌnɪz əmmelanism

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. melanosis, melanismnoun

    a condition characterized by abnormal deposits of melanin (especially in the skin)


  1. melanismnoun

    congenital excess of melanin pigmentation in the skin, hair, feathers and/or eyes; the condition of being melano

Webster Dictionary

  1. Melanismnoun

    an undue development of dark-colored pigment in the skin or its appendages; -- the opposite of albinism

    Etymology: [Gr. me`las, -anos, black.]

  2. Melanismnoun

    a disease; black jaundice. See Mel/na

    Etymology: [Gr. me`las, -anos, black.]


  1. Melanism

    Melanism is a development of dark-colored pigment in the skin or its appendages and is the opposite of albinism. Historically, it was also the medical term for black jaundice. The word 'melanism' is deduced from the Greek: μελανός, meaning black pigment. Pseudo-melanism, also called abundism, is another variant of pigmentation, characterized by dark spots or enlarged stripes, which cover a large part of the body of the animal making it appear melanistic. A deficiency in or total absence of melanin pigments is called amelanism. The morbid deposition of black matter, is often of a malignant character, causing pigmented tumors is called melanosis. For a description of melanin-related disorders see melanin, melanosis coli and ocular melanosis.


  1. Melanism

    an abnormal or unusual darkening: a suffusion with blackish.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of melanism in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of melanism in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

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