Quiz: Remember the definition of mal de mer?
1823, medical Latin, from Greek melanosis "a becoming black," from melanoun "to become black," from melas (genitive melanos); see melanin. Related: Melanotic.
melanosis mel·a·no·sis (měl'ə-nō'sĭs)n. Abnormally dark pigmentation of the skin or other tissues, resulting from a disorder of pigment metabolism. Also called melanism.