Definition of melanization in English:

melanization

(also melanisation)

noun

  • 1Biology. The production, accumulation, or deposition of melanin; the development of a brown or black colour as a result of this.

  • 2Soil Science. The darkening of a topsoil by the incorporation of humus.

Origin

1920s; earliest use found in Quarterly Review of Biology. From melano- + -ization. Compare melanized, and later melanize.

Pronunciation

melanization

/ˌmɛlənʌɪˈzeɪʃn/