melanize
transitive verb (-nized; -nizing) Date: 1978 1. to convert into or infiltrate with melanin 2. to make dark or black • melanization noun

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  • melanize — [mel′ənīz΄] vt. melanized, melanizing 〚 MELAN(O) + IZE〛 1. to darken by the deposition of abnormal amounts of melanin in tissues 2. to make dark * * * …   Universalium

  • melanize — [mel′ənīz΄] vt. melanized, melanizing [ MELAN(O) + IZE] 1. to darken by the deposition of abnormal amounts of melanin in tissues 2. to make dark …   English World dictionary

  • melanize — mel·a·nize or chiefly Brit mel·a·nise mel ə .nīz vt, nized or chiefly Brit nised; niz·ing or chiefly Brit nis·ing to convert into or infiltrate with melanin <melanized cell granules> mel·a·ni·za·tion or chiefly Brit mel·a·ni·sa·tion .mel ə… …   Medical dictionary

  • melanize — mel·a·nize …   English syllables

  • melanize — verb 1. convert into, or infiltrate with melanin • Syn: ↑melanise • Derivationally related forms: ↑melanin • Hypernyms: ↑convert • Verb Frames: Somebody s something …   Useful english dictionary

  • melanise — verb 1. convert into, or infiltrate with melanin • Syn: ↑melanize • Derivationally related forms: ↑melanin (for: ↑melanize) • Hypernyms: ↑convert …   Useful english dictionary

  • mélaniser — ⇒MÉLANISER, verbe trans. BIOL., ANTHROPOL. Rendre la peau noire par croisement avec une race noire (ou avec la race mélanésienne); p. ext., croiser avec un individu de race noire. Provinces rhénanes mélanisées depuis des siècles par la vallée du… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • nigrify — verb make or become black The smoke blackened the ceiling The ceiling blackened • Syn: ↑blacken, ↑melanize, ↑melanise, ↑black • Ant: ↑whiten ( …   Useful english dictionary

  • melanization — noun see melanize …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • besmirch — Synonyms and related words: attaint, bedarken, bedaub, besmear, besmoke, besmutch, besoil, bespatter, bestain, black, blacken, blackwash, blot, blotch, blur, brand, call names, charcoal, cork, darken, daub, defile, denigrate, dinge, dirty,… …   Moby Thesaurus

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