dis·​col·​or·​ation | \(ˌ)dis-ˌkə-lə-ˈrā-shən \

Definition of discoloration 

1 : the act of discoloring : the state of being discolored

2 : a discolored spot or formation : stain

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The discoloration that phytophotodermatitis leaves behind will fade in time, much like a suntan, says Dr. Shainhouse. Zahra Barnes, SELF, "Beware of Phytophotodermatitis, The Weird Sun Reaction That Could Definitely Ruin Your Summer," 18 Aug. 2018 The good news is the right products and treatments can take care of lines, discoloration, and breakouts all at once. Katie Becker, Harper's BAZAAR, "How To Get Gorgeous Skin at Every Age," 5 Oct. 2015 After three months, the spots lightened and my complexion evened out as a result of diligently using serums and acids with four particular components known to combat discoloration. Shammara Lawrence, Allure, "I Finally Found the First Hyperpigmentation Treatment That Actually Works on My Skin," 15 Mar. 2018 Mushrooms: Avoid mushrooms with a fishy odor, slimy exterior or noticeable discoloration. Jennifer Farley, charlotteobserver, "The produce aisle cheat sheet you shouldn't shop without | Charlotte Observer," 10 Apr. 2018 To easily spot water damage, Nations said to look at all the walls and ceilings, trying to spot any discoloration — yellow spots on a white wall — that might signal a water leak. Danielle Braff, chicagotribune.com, "House hunters, be wary: 7 seemingly small flaws may point to a money pit," 7 Mar. 2018 Sunburn happens when we're exposed to the sun's harmful UV rays, which causes direct damage to our skin cells' DNA and can result in discoloration and age spots down the line. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Sunburn Vs. Windburn: What's the Difference Between These Two Winter Skin Concerns?," 25 Jan. 2018 That hue coupled with my day in the sun, along with my use of birth control made me an ideal candidate for lasting discoloration. Kaitlin Menza, Marie Claire, "It Only Took One Sunburn to Ruin My Face Forever," 8 June 2018 Wait 48 hours to make sure no leaf spotting or discoloration occurs. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "The 7 Best Organic Pest Control Techniques For Your Garden," 18 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of discoloration

1642, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of discoloration was in 1642

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English Language Learners Definition of discoloration

: the act of changing color in a bad way

: a discolored spot or area


dis·​col·​or·​a·​tion | \dis-ˌkə-lə-ˈrā-shən \

Kids Definition of discoloration

1 : change of color

2 : a spot that is changed in color

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