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melanism

[mel-uh-niz-uh m] /ˈmɛl əˌnɪz əm/
noun
1.
Ethnology. the condition in human beings of having a high amount of melanin granules in the skin, hair, and eyes.
2.
Zoology. the condition in which an unusually high concentration of melanin occurs in the skin, plumage, or pelage of an animal.
Origin
1835-1845
1835-45; melan- + -ism
Related forms
melanistic, adjective
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Examples for melanistic
  • A few melanistic bobcats have been sighted and captured in florida.
British Dictionary definitions for melanistic

melanism

/ˈmɛləˌnɪzəm/
noun
1.
the condition in man and animals of having dark-coloured or black skin, feathers, etc. Industrial melanism is the occurrence of dark varieties of animals, esp moths, in smoke-blackened industrial regions, in which they are well camouflaged
2.
another name for melanosis
Derived Forms
melanistic, adjective
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Word Origin and History for melanistic

melanism

n.

1843, from melano- + -ism.

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melanistic in Medicine

melanism mel·a·nism (měl'ə-nĭz'əm)
n.

  1. See melanosis.

  2. Dark coloration of the skin, hair, fur, or feathers because of a high concentration of melanin.

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melanistic in Science
melanism
  (měl'ə-nĭz'əm)   
Dark coloration of the skin, hair, fur, or feathers because of a high concentration of melanin.
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