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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]

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