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a combining form meaning “black,” used in the formation of compound words:
Also, especially before a vowel, melan-.
Origin of melano-
< Greek, combining form of mélās Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for melano-


combining form
black or dark: melanin, melanism, melanocyte, melanoma
Word Origin
from Greek melas black
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Word Origin and History for melano-

word-forming element meaning "black," from Greek melano-, comb. form of melas (genitive melanos) "black, dark, murky" (see melanin).

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melano- in Medicine

melano- or melan-
Black; dark: melanin.

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