Skip to Content
Medical Term:


Pronunciation: yu-mel'a-nin

Definition: The most abundant type of human melanin, found in brown and black skin and hair; cross-linked polymers of 5,6-dihydroxyindoles, usually linked to proteins; levels are decreased in certain types of albinism.

[eu- + G. melos (melan-), black]

© Copyright 2017 Wolters Kluwer. All Rights Reserved. Review Date: Sep 19, 2016.