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  1. a combining form meaning “black,” used in the formation of compound words: melanocyte.
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Also especially before a vowel, melan-.

Origin of melano-

< Greek, combining form of mélās
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British Dictionary definitions for melano-


before a vowel melan-

combining form
  1. black or darkmelanin; melanism; melanocyte; melanoma
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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


  1. Black; dark:melanin.
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