dis·​col·​or·​ation | \ (ˌ)dis-ˌkə-lə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce discoloration (audio) \

Definition of discoloration

1 : the act of discoloring : the state of being discolored
2 : a discolored spot or formation : stain

Examples of discoloration in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Be on the lookout for discoloration in the ceilings, and also check around the sinks, toilets and bathtubs. Los Angeles Times, 29 Mar. 2022 Leftovers get spruced up with kaleidoscopic glitters, not only hiding discoloration and flaws for Instagram, but also adding a touch of specialness to a days-old soup. Melissa Kravitz Hoeffner, Bon Appétit, 18 Mar. 2022 Vitamin C works hard to brighten the skin tone and minimize the look of discoloration over time. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 5 Apr. 2022 Depending on the severity, symptoms may range from skin discoloration, swelling, numbness, pain or more severe reactions such as frost bite. Adam Chase, Outside Online, 23 Dec. 2019 While gua sha is generally considered safe, potential side effects can include soreness, bruising, and light discoloration. ELLE, 8 Apr. 2022 Target irritation, dryness, and discoloration with high-performance botanical ingredients such as shea butter, witch hazel, and green tea. The Salt Lake Tribune, 7 Apr. 2022 The results from our 30-day and 60-day clinical trials have been amazing, with people reporting a dramatic improvement across a spectrum of skin issues like fine lines and wrinkles, skin texture, and discoloration. Sarah Boyd, Forbes, 8 Mar. 2022 Skin-care ingredients typically found in your average face moisturizer have also been popping up in body lotions; for instance, Dr. Garshick recommends formulas with retinol to address signs of aging, or niacinamide for dealing with discoloration. Deanna Pai, Glamour, 9 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of discoloration

1545, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Discoloration.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/discoloration. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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dis·​col·​or·​a·​tion | \ dis-ˌkə-lə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce discoloration (audio) \

Kids Definition of discoloration

1 : change of color
2 : a spot that is changed in color

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