- to darken by the deposition of abnormal amounts of melanin in tissues
- to make dark
Origin of melanizemelan(o)- + -ize
transitive verbmel·a·nized, mel·a·niz·ing, mel·a·niz·es
To convert into or infiltrate with melanin.
(third-person singular simple present melanizes, present participle melanizing, simple past and past participle melanized)
- To convert into melanin, or to deposit melanin in.