[ muh-lee-nuh ]
/ məˈli nə /
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the discharge of black, tarry, bloody stools, usually resulting from a hemorrhage in the alimentary tract.
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Origin of melena
<New Latin <Greek mélaina, feminine of mélās black
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Medical definitions for melena
[ mə-lē′nə ]
The passage of black tarlike stools containing blood that has been acted on by the intestinal juices.
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