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Medical Term:

melena

Pronunciation: me-le'na

Definition: Passage of dark-colored, tarry stools, due to the presence of blood altered by the intestinal juices.

Synonym(s): melanorrhagia, melanorrhea

[G. melaina, fem. of melas, black]

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