Skip to Content
Medical Term:


Pronunciation: fe'o-mel'a-nin

Definition: A type of melanin found in red hair; it contains sulfur and is alkali soluble; elevated levels are found in the rufous type of oculocutaneous albinism.

[G. phaios, dusky, + melas (melan-), black]

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