Meaning of melanize in English:

melanize

(also melanise)

Pronunciation /ˈmɛlənʌɪz/

verb

Biology
  • 1To subject to melanization; to cause the production or accumulation of melanin in or around (especially as a physiological defence mechanism in insects).

  • 2To undergo melanization; to darken as a result of melanin formation.

Origin

1960s. From melano- + -ize, after melanized and melanization.