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eumelanin

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]

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