a combining form meaning “black,” used in the formation of compound words:
combining form
black or dark: melanin, melanism, melanocyte, melanoma

word-forming element meaning “black,” from Greek melano-, comb. form of melas (genitive melanos) “black, dark, murky” (see melanin).

melano- or melan-
Black; dark: melanin.


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  • Melanoblast

    [muh-lan-uh-blast, mel-uh-nuh-] /məˈlæn əˌblæst, ˈmɛl ə nə-/ noun, Biology. 1. an undifferentiated cell that develops into a melanophore or melanocyte. melanoblast mel·a·no·blast (měl’ə-nō-blāst’, mə-lān’ə-) n. A precursor cell of a melanocyte or melanophore. mel’a·no·blas’tic adj.

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