[ muh-lee-nuh ]
/ məˈli nə /

noun Medicine/Medical.

the discharge of black, tarry, bloody stools, usually resulting from a hemorrhage in the alimentary tract.

Nearby words

  1. melder,
  2. meldrew,
  3. meleager,
  4. meleagrides,
  5. melee,
  6. meleney's gangrene,
  7. melete,
  8. meletin,
  9. meliaceous,
  10. meliae

Also melaena.

Origin of melena

< New Latin < Greek mélaina, feminine of mélās black Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Medicine definitions for melena


[ mə-lēnə ]


The passage of black tarlike stools containing blood that has been acted on by the intestinal juices.

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