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

Definition of pigmentation

1 : 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
2 : 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 If they are not calibrated for darker skin tones, the pigmentation could affect how the light is absorbed. Amarachi Orie, CNN, 13 Jan. 2022 Albino deer are all white and lack pigmentation in their hooves and eyes. Brian Whipkey, USA TODAY, 7 Jan. 2022 This is due to this skin color having more pigmentation. Joseph Deacetis, Forbes, 29 Dec. 2021 Skye follows that with the brand's Even Dark Spot Control Serum to remove any pigmentation left from previous breakouts, patting on just a few drops of the serum. Sabrina Park, Harper's BAZAAR, 20 Oct. 2021 For the more traditionalists, there is still a wide choice of leather, including semi and near-aniline which undergo fewer treatments for less artificial pigmentation and a therefore a more natural finish. Nargess Banks, Forbes, 26 Oct. 2021 Each was developed based on the most common issues Samolitis sees in her practice: acne, pigmentation, disrupted skin barriers, and texture. Kirbie Johnson, Allure, 23 Sep. 2021 Those pigmentation changes can then be tied to stressful events. Chris Smith, BGR, 24 June 2021 In a small subset of participants, the researchers pinpointed segments in single hairs where color changes occurred in the pigmentation patterns. Diana Kwon, Scientific American, 22 June 2021

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First Known Use of pigmentation

1867, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Pigmentation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pigmentation. Accessed 28 Jan. 2022.

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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- How to pronounce pigmentation (audio) \

Medical Definition of pigmentation

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


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