1. a combining form meaning “black,” used in the formation of compound words: melanocyte.

combining form

  1. black or darkmelanin; melanism; melanocyte; melanoma

word-forming element meaning “black,” from Greek melano-, comb. form of melas (genitive melanos) “black, dark, murky” (see melanin). pref.

  1. Black; dark:melanin.

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