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Origin and Meaning of Melanin

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Mel"a*nin
A black pigment found in the pigment-bearing cells of the skin (particularly in the skin of the negro), in the epithelial cells of the external layer of the retina (then called fuscin), in the outer layer of the choroid, and elsewhere. It is supposed to be derived from the decomposition of hemoglobin.

Etymology: Gr. me`las me`lanos, black

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Insoluble pigments that account for the color of e.g. skin and scales and feathers

From New Latin, from Ancient Greek stem of μέλας (mélas, “black”) +‎ -in

  1. Any of a group of naturally occurring dark pigments, especially the pigment found in skin, hair, fur, and feathers.

Notable Persons With the Last Name Melanin

Vladimir was born on December 1st, 1933 in Kirov, Russia. Vladimir is also known as Melanin and Vladimir. He breathed his last breath on August 10th, 1994.


Fun Facts about the name Melanin

  • How Popular is the name Melanin? Melanin is the 68,345th most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Melanin have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 14 babies born with the first name Melanin in the United States.
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Melanin? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 2016 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • What year had the most people named Melanin born? The highest recorded use of the first name Melanin was in 2017 with a total of 9 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Melanin: Your name in reverse order is Ninalem. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Nineaml. How do you pronounce that?

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Past life for Melanin born Jan 16, 1968

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a female in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of USA North-East approximately on 1450. Your profession was designer, engineering, and craftsman.

You were a seeker of truth and wisdom. You could have seen your future lives. Others perceived you as an idealist illuminating path to the future. Your lesson - development and expansion of your mental consciousness. Find good teacher, spend a part of your time and energy on his wisdom.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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