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noun Pathology.
  1. abnormal deposition or development of black or dark pigment in the tissues.
  2. a discoloration caused by this.
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Origin of melanosis

1815–25; < New Latin < Late Greek melánōsis a becoming black. See melan-, -osis
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Historical Examples

  • In chronic cases the eventual effects are anaemia, melanosis, enlargement of the spleen and liver, and general cachexia.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 17, Slice 4


  • He is stated to have died of "melanosis of the lungs," a disease in which the whole substance of the lungs turns completely black.

    Kalli, the Esquimaux Christian

    Thomas Boyles Murray

British Dictionary definitions for melanosis


melanism (ˈmɛləˌnɪzəm)

  1. pathol a skin condition characterized by excessive deposits of melanin
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Derived Formsmelanotic (ˌmɛləˈnɒtɪk), adjective
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Word Origin and History for melanosis


1823, medical Latin, from Greek melanosis "a becoming black," from melanoun "to become black," from melas (genitive melanos); see melanin. Related: Melanotic.

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melanosis in Medicine


  1. Abnormally dark pigmentation of the skin or other tissues, resulting from a disorder of pigment metabolism.melanism
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Related formsmel′a•notic (-nŏtĭk) adj.
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