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English definition of “melanin”

melanin

noun [U]     /ˈmel.ə.nɪn/
a dark brown pigment (= substance that gives colour), found in eyes, skin, hair, feathers, etc. It helps to protect the skin against harmful light from the sun.Animal biochemistry
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