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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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 Some plants, such as cycads in the Ancient Forest, remained relatively unscathed thanks to their naturally waxy surface, while other flowers’ dark pigmentation provided protection from the sun. Sara Cardine, latimes.com, "Acres of historic camellias at Descanso Gardens scorched during weekend’s triple-digit heat," 12 July 2018 Albino animals lack pigmentation because of a genetic mutation and therefore have white hair and pink eyes, noses and skin. Samantha Drake, chicagotribune.com, "Albino animals are at such risk that people built an island to protect one orangutan," 11 May 2018 When Jolie visits Rand's office for treatments, their main goal is to reduce pigmentation from the sun. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "Angelina Jolie's Dermatologist Just Shared All Her Skin Secrets," 1 May 2018 The unusual pigmentation could be attributed to a variety of reasons, according Jeffs, but the most common cause is genetic mutation. Eli Meixler, Time, "A 'One-in-100 Million' Cotton Candy-Colored Lobster Was Found Near Maine," 14 June 2018 People with severe cases of shingles may see permanent changes in the pigmentation of their skin once their blisters scab over and fall off. Health.com, "What Is Shingles?," 1 May 2017 This cave beetle, named for beauty (as in the eye of the beholder), adapted to have long spider-like legs, a compact body and no flight wings, eyes or pigmentation. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Meet the top 10 new species of 2018," 23 May 2018 According to Duke Health, people with blue, green or gray eyes have less pigmentation in the eye, which can prevent blocking effects of sunlight. Lauren Castle, azcentral, "Eye protection is just as important as sunscreen in the Arizona summer," 17 May 2018

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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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