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-
black or darkmelanin; melanism; melanocyte; melanoma
Word Origin for melano-
from Greek melas black
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Medical definitions for melano-
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