maculation

noun
mac·​u·​la·​tion | \ ˌma-kyə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce maculation (audio) \

Definition of maculation

1 archaic : the state of being spotted
2a : a blemish in the form of a discrete spot acne scars and maculations
b : the arrangement of spots and markings on an animal or plant

First Known Use of maculation

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for maculation

Middle English maculacion "sexual defilement," borrowed from Medieval Latin maculātiōn-, maculātiō "act of marking, mark, stain, defilement," going back to Latin, "marking, pattern of marks,", from maculāre "to cover with stains, soil, disgrace, mark with colored patches" + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of verbal action — more at maculate

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“Maculation.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/maculation. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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maculation

noun
mac·​u·​la·​tion | \ ˌmak-yə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce maculation (audio) \

Medical Definition of maculation

1 : a blemish in the form of a discrete spot acne scars and maculations
2 : the arrangement of spots and markings on an animal or plant

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