pig·​men·​ta·​tion ˌpig-mən-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce pigmentation (audio)
: coloration with pigment : the deposition or presence of pigment
… exposure to high levels of UV light increases pigmentation and reduces skin elasticity …Lina Cekaite and Hanne Groegaard
The genetically blue lobsters get their color by inheriting two recessive genes for the pigmentation of their shells …Leslie Gourse
At some point during the third trimester of pregnancy, a mysterious dark line appears on the belly. Not to worry, it's just a case of excess pigmentation.Shawn Doherty
: pigment
Fine pigmentation for use in airbrush … (when properly thinned).advertisement in The Artist's Magazine

Examples of pigmentation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The genetic mutation responsible for the baby animal's all-white pigmentation is a rarity for the species. David Chiu, Peoplemag, 24 Aug. 2023 For maximum pigmentation and coverage, look no further than the Esteé Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Foundation. Alyssa Rotunno, Travel + Leisure, 13 July 2023 Some dark spot correctors are also highly effective at fading dark pigmentation around the eyes. Jessie Quinn, Peoplemag, 28 Aug. 2023 Alpha arbutin and kojic acid work to stop pigmentation in its tracks without irritation or dryness. Olivia Evans, Women's Health, 16 Aug. 2023 Infused with natural aloe vera and vitamin E oil, these capsules work together to improve skin elasticity, fade pigmentation, and promote healthy cell regeneration. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 2 Aug. 2023 The all-white giraffes had leucism, which causes the loss of pigmentation, creating white skin. Caitlin O'Kane, CBS News, 21 Aug. 2023 While sunlight is a natural source of vitamin D, factors such as location, time of year, and skin pigmentation can affect its synthesis in the body. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 6 Aug. 2023 Other beneficial ingredients include aloe and shea butter, which help remove dark pigmentation, moisturize your skin and keep your underarms feeling smooth. Joseph Cheatham, Men's Health, 14 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1867, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of pigmentation was in 1867

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Cite this Entry

“Pigmentation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pigmentation. Accessed 22 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


pig·​men·​ta·​tion ˌpig-mən-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce pigmentation (audio)
: a coloring with pigment
especially : an amount of bodily pigment that is greater than normal

Medical Definition


pig·​men·​ta·​tion ˌpig-mən-ˈtā-shən, -ˌmen- How to pronounce pigmentation (audio)
: coloration with pigment : the deposition or presence of pigment
Increased skin pigmentation, reflecting high concentrations of circulating corticotropin, may be present in patients with long-standing adrenal disease …Mark S. Cooper et al., The New England Journal of Medicine
When applied topically, minoxidil stimulates thickening and pigmentation of the fine vellus hairs on a proportion of the scalps of bald men.Samuel M. Lesko et al., The Journal of the American Medical Association
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