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

Examples of pigmentation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The result seems to be increased wrinkles and pigmentation. Deanna Pai, Condé Nast Traveler, "5 Skincare Products That Protect Against Pollution," 4 Oct. 2019 Once diagnosed, the goal of melasma treatment is to decrease the production of pigment and remove areas of excess pigmentation that already have appeared. Mayo Clinic News Network, chicagotribune.com, "Mayo Clinic Q&A: Treating melasma," 22 Nov. 2019 In fact, exfoliation removes the outer layers of dead skin cells, helping to brighten and smooth the face, even out pigmentation, unclog pores, and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, Dr. Bridges explains. Dina Cheney, SELF, "Here's Exactly How and When to Use 5 Basic Skin-Care Staples," 4 Oct. 2019 Largely genetic, dark circles can also be caused by dehydration, lack of sleep, excess pigmentation, and blood vessels. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "Everything You Need to Know About Under Eye Filler for Dark Circles," 14 Aug. 2019 Research shows that while wrinkles are the main sign of aging on caucasian skin, aging from sun damage manifests itself in a different way on darker skin—in the form of uneven pigmentation and dark spots. Ciku Kimeria, Quartz Africa, "African scientists are leading the next wave of innovation and research on black skin and hair," 17 Oct. 2019 The case report says the application of alcohol to the skin can dissolve the toxins that cause the pigmentation. Maggie O'neill, Health.com, "This Girl’s Toe Turned Purple from Millipede Staining—Here's What That Means," 16 Sep. 2019 Choose from blond, brown, or black to boost the pigmentation of your brows, or opt for Glossier’s clear formula to condition, thicken, and add a healthy shine without adding color. Susan Brickell, Health.com, "The Exact Products Hilary Duff Uses Every Day for Longer Lashes and Fuller Brows," 17 Sep. 2019 But no one had identified a full activator-repressor system involved in periodic pigmentation patterns. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "Meet the monkeyflower, a weed that may hold the key to zebra stripes and other biological mysteries," 29 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of pigmentation

1867, in the meaning defined above

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7 Jan 2020

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“Pigmentation.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pigmentation. Accessed 18 January 2020.

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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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