erythrism

noun
er·​y·​thrism | \ ˈer-ə-ˌthri-zəm How to pronounce erythrism (audio) \

Definition of erythrism

: a condition marked by exceptional prevalence of red pigmentation (as in hair or feathers)

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Other Words from erythrism

erythristic \ ˌer-​ə-​ˈthri-​stik How to pronounce erythrism (audio) \ or less commonly erythrismal \ ˌer-​ə-​ˈthriz-​məl How to pronounce erythrism (audio) \ adjective

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Recent Examples on the Web Tickled pink Solomon David, an aquatic ecologist at Louisiana’s Nicholls State University, suspects the mutation is a condition called erythrism, which causes an animal’s skin pigmentation to be reddish, or in some cases, pink. National Geographic, "How did this rare pink manta get its color?," 11 Feb. 2020 Pink grasshoppers are the result of a genetic mutation called erythrism, which affects a recessive gene similar to the one that causes albinism. Amanda O'donnell And Joshua Bote, USA TODAY, "Toddler finds rare pink grasshopper in Texas backyard," 20 Feb. 2020 One variant called erythrism can give skin a reddish or pinkish hue, yielding strawberry-blonde leopards and fuschia grasshoppers. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Rare Pink Manta Ray Spotted Near Australia’s Lady Elliot Island," 13 Feb. 2020 In humans, erythrism may be responsible, at least in part, for red hair and freckles, according to the Huffington Post. Fox News, "Rare 'strawberry' leopard spotted in South Africa," 20 Aug. 2019 In humans, erythrism may be responsible, at least in part, for red hair and freckles, according to the Huffington Post. Fox News, "Rare 'strawberry' leopard spotted in South Africa," 20 Aug. 2019 In humans, erythrism may be responsible, at least in part, for red hair and freckles, according to the Huffington Post. Fox News, "Rare 'strawberry' leopard spotted in South Africa," 20 Aug. 2019 In humans, erythrism may be responsible, at least in part, for red hair and freckles, according to the Huffington Post. Fox News, "Rare 'strawberry' leopard spotted in South Africa," 20 Aug. 2019 In humans, erythrism may be responsible, at least in part, for red hair and freckles, according to the Huffington Post. Fox News, "Rare 'strawberry' leopard spotted in South Africa," 20 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of erythrism

1864, in the meaning defined above

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“Erythrism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/erythrism. Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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erythrism

noun
er·​y·​thrism | \ ˈer-ə-ˌthriz-əm How to pronounce erythrism (audio) \

Medical Definition of erythrism

: a condition marked by exceptional prevalence of red pigmentation (as in skin or hair)

Other Words from erythrism

erythristic \ ˌer-​ə-​ˈthris-​tik How to pronounce erythrism (audio) \ also erythrismal \ -​ˈthriz-​məl How to pronounce erythrism (audio) \ adjective

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