Definition of melanoid in English:


Pronunciation /ˈmeləˌnoid/ /ˈmɛləˌnɔɪd/


  • 1Resembling melanin.

    ‘Characteristic red reverse pigment, although often discoloured by the presence of the diffusible melanoid pigment is also produced on Lactritmel agar and other pigment stimulating media.’
    • ‘Captive breeding has created several colour variants including albino, leucistic, golden-albino, olive, melanoid, melanoid-albino and pied examples.’
  • 2Resembling melanosis.

    ‘Although the site and process of differentiation of melanoid granules could not be determined, variously-sized melanoid clumps were detected between the spaces of the villus-like cell cords.’
    • ‘In 1872, Carter further proposed the terms melanoid and ochroid in an attempt to classify the disease into 2 varieties on the basis of the black or pale-colored granules (ie, grains, sclerotia) produced by the etiologic agents.’