melanin definition

  • noun:
    • some of a small grouping of naturally occurring dark pigments, particularly the pigment within epidermis, locks, fur, and feathers.
    • any one of a small grouping of naturally occurring dark pigments, especially the pigment found in epidermis, hair, fur, and feathers.
    • The black pigment of the hair, choroid, retina, and epidermis of colored races; also, the dark pigment seen in melanæmia and in melanosarcoma and melanocarcinoma. The pigments in these cases may, however, be different.
    • insoluble pigments that take into account colour of e.g. skin and machines and feathers

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