pig·​men·​ta·​tion | \ ˌpig-mən-ˈtā-shən , -ˌmen-\

Definition of pigmentation

: coloration with or deposition of pigment especially : an excessive deposition of bodily pigment

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The most exciting thing is the pigmentation from all my acne scars is starting to lighten and my tone is looking more even all over. Bella Cacciatore, Glamour, "Drunk Elephant's Vegan Retinol Doesn't Irritate My Sensitive Skin," 26 Dec. 2018 The effects were only observed in people with darker skin tones but the researchers noted that pigmentation also lasted longer. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "How Your Phone's Blue Light Could Be Damaging Your Skin, According to Derms," 19 Oct. 2018 Those with darker skin types often notice these changes in pigmentation to a higher degree. Jenn Sinrich, SELF, "How Your Skin Changes in Your 30s—and What You Can Do About It," 20 July 2018 Behind the Brand: Zein Obagi, a dermatologist in Beverly Hills, specializing in pigmentation disorders and chemical peels. Jolene Edgar, Allure, "The Best Skin-Care Brands Created by Dermatologists, According to a Cosmetic Surgeon," 16 May 2018 Long story short: Take care of those allergies ASAP, then your derm can treat the pigmentation. Sam Escobar, Good Housekeeping, "7 Surprising Reasons You Have Under Eye Circles," 7 Dec. 2018 The ghost lobster’s look is likely due to a genetic condition called leucism, which causes a partial loss of pigmentation in an animal, resulting in white, pale and patchy coloration. Alexandra Deabler, Fox News, "Maine fisherman catches rare 'ghost lobster'," 30 Aug. 2018 Most of the new traits, like lighter skin pigmentation, are a more complicated blend of the natural selection of genetic variations that have persisted for hundreds of thousands of years and a sprinkling of new ones. John Hawks, WSJ, "‘Lamarck’s Revenge’ Review: Inheriting the Wrong Ideas," 16 Aug. 2018 Researchers studying the skin of living people have been able to determine how some variants influence pigmentation. Ceylan Yeginsu And Carl Zimmer, New York Times, "‘Cheddar Man,’ Britain’s Oldest Skeleton, Had Dark Skin, DNA Shows," 7 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of pigmentation

1867, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of pigmentation was in 1867

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English Language Learners Definition of pigmentation

: the natural coloring of people, animals, or plants


pig·​men·​ta·​tion | \ ˌpig-mən-ˈtā-shən, -ˌmen- \

Medical Definition of pigmentation

: coloration with or deposition of pigment especially : an excessive deposition of bodily pigment

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