But the world wants to define me by my mammary glands and melanin.
These are generally called melanin granules, but are much better referred to as hmozoin, as they are not related to melanin.
Hence the hair grown from a follicle under such conditions lacks pigment (melanin) and is white.
Brown or black eye-color is due to a melanin pigment absent from the blue or gray eye.
The colour varies from brown to black, according to the amount of melanin pigment present.
As the parasite feeds and grows there is deposited within its body a blackish or brownish pigment known as melanin.
The pigment of the secretion is melanin, and its function is to produce a dense opacity in the water, which conceals the animal.
The melanotic cancer contains abundant pigment, melanin, within its cells.
dark brown or black pigment found in animal bodies, 1832, Modern Latin, with chemical suffix -in (2); first element from Greek melas (genitive melanos) "black," from PIE root *mel- "dark, soiled, dirty" (cf. Sanskrit malinah "dirty, stained, black," Lithuanian melynas "blue," Latin mulleus "reddish"). Related: Melanism; melanistic.
melanin mel·a·nin (měl'ə-nĭn)
Any of a group of naturally occurring dark pigments composed of granules of highly irregular polymers that usually contain nitrogen or sulfur atoms, especially the pigment found in skin, hair, fur, and feathers.
Any of various pigments that are responsible for the dark color of the skin, hair, scales, feathers, and eyes of animals and are also found in plants, fungi, and bacteria. Melanins are polymers, often bound to proteins, and in the animal kingdom are built from compounds produced by the oxidation of the amino acid tyrosine.
A dark brown coloring found in the body, especially in the skin and hair. Produced by special skin cells that are sensitive to sunlight, melanin protects the body by absorbing ultraviolet radiation from the sun.
Note: The amount of melanin present in the skin determines the color of a person's complexion: people with a large amount have dark skin, whereas those with very little have fair skin. Melanin is also responsible for tanning.