de·​pig·​men·​ta·​tion (ˌ)dē-ˌpig-mən-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce depigmentation (audio)
: loss of normal pigmentation

Examples of depigmentation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There’s another eye color change procedure called laser depigmentation of the iris. Katie Camero, USA TODAY, 11 Jan. 2024 Universal vitiligo - The depigmentation covers the majority of the body, leaving very little pigmented skin. Emily Kirkpatrick, Peoplemag, 25 May 2023 Areas of depigmentation are randomly distributed across the body. Emily Kirkpatrick, Peoplemag, 25 May 2023 Téllez is with her brother and nephew in Savannah, Ga., where she has been treated for health issues such as lack of balance and skin depigmentation after spending 605 days in solitary confinement in El Chipote. Paulina Villegas, Washington Post, 12 May 2023 In other words in Europeans blonde hair is to a large extent one effect of generalized depigmentation. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 18 Aug. 2010 The biologist says other possible causes of the depigmentation could be a result of an unknown genetic abnormality that affects melanin production or a parasitic infestation. Matt Williams, Dallas News, 9 Apr. 2022 As with any hair removal method that involves pulling hair from the root, there are still some risks of side effects such as temporary skin redness, inflamed hair follicles, hyperpigmentation, depigmentation (loss of skin color), and ingrown hairs. Stephanie Eckelkamp, SELF, 22 Dec. 2021 Although vitiligo is typically a lifelong condition, Farber says that those who have it are not born with this depigmentation. Rebecca Dancer, Allure, 14 Aug. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1889, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of depigmentation was in 1889

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“Depigmentation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2024.

Medical Definition


de·​pig·​men·​ta·​tion (ˌ)dē-ˌpig-mən-ˈtā-shən, -ˌmen- How to pronounce depigmentation (audio)
: loss of normal pigmentation
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