A dark pigment, resembling melanin, formed from glucosamines in chitin. SYN: artificial melanin, factitious melanin.

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mel·a·noid 'mel-ə-.nȯid adj
1) characterized or darkened by melanins <a \melanoid lesion>
2) relating to or occurring in melanosis <\melanoid symptoms>
melanoid n
1) a melanistic individual
2) a pigment (as one contributing esp. to the yellow color of the skin) that is a disintegration product of a melanin

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mel·a·noid (melґə-noid″) [melan- + -oid] 1. resembling melanin; of a dark color. 2. artificial melanin.

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