pig·​men·​ta·​tion | \ ˌpig-mən-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce pigmentation (audio) , -ˌmen- \

Definition of pigmentation

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

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Recent Examples on the Web More luminous skin, fewer breakouts, less uneven pigmentation, less time in the sun. Jihan Forbes, Allure, "Barbie Style and Makeup Artist Sir John Just Created 6 Bomb Beauty Looks," 16 Dec. 2020 Barsh’s team, however, found that the color pattern in cats and possibly other mammals is established well before hair follicles appear, suggesting early color patterns may guide hair follicle pigmentation. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "How cats get their stripes," 2 Dec. 2020 Selfridges’ pre-Christmas beauty deals (Black Friday by any other name) include a host of hero products, but few are as acclaimed as this pigmentation banishing solution. Laura Sutherland, CNN Underscored, "The best UK Black Friday deals," 26 Nov. 2020 However, any skin injury, rash, or pimple can create enough inflammation to trigger our melanin-producing cells and cause excess pigmentation. Jasmine Grant, Essence, "A Black Dermatologist Explains How To Clear Up Those Stubborn Dark Spots," 11 Dec. 2020 Instead, the coloration comes from a genetic condition called leucism, which is a partial loss of pigmentation that still leaves dark coloring in the animal’s eyes, tail hair and spots. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "World’s Only Known White Giraffe Now Has a GPS Tracker," 27 Nov. 2020 The giraffe, from the the Ishaqbini Hirola Conservancy in southeast Kenya, is extremely vulnerable to poachers because of the loss of pigmentation in its skin. Lara Jackson, National Geographic, "The deadly thing about snakes," 19 Nov. 2020 The giraffe, in the Ishaqbini Hirola Conservancy in southeast Kenya, has a rare genetic condition called leucism that causes partial loss of pigmentation in its skin. NBC News, "Extremely rare white giraffe gets tracker after poachers killed its family," 18 Nov. 2020 With a bit of training, volunteers can learn how to differentiate between a calf, a subadult (grey) or an adult (white)—and even identify individuals using scars or unique pigmentation—in underwater videos and images. Rachael Lallensack, Smithsonian Magazine, "Seventy-Five Scientific Research Projects You Can Contribute to Online," 15 June 2020

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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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“Pigmentation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pigmentation. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of pigmentation

: the natural coloring of people, animals, or plants


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Medical Definition of pigmentation

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

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