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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These cells are responsible for the pigmentation of the skin and hair. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "How to Properly Take Care of Graying Hair," 4 June 2019 The mask, which stars including Kourtney Kardashian and January Jones swear by, uses LED lights in various colors to help to decrease the appearance of wrinkles, minimize hyper pigmentation, fight acne and more. Jillian Ruffo, PEOPLE.com, "Kristen Bell Just 'Scared the S---' Out of Husband Dax Shepard with a $2,300 Face Mask," 18 Jan. 2018 Flavonoids can be found in many plants and contribute to their color pigmentation. The Fresh Toast, chicagotribune.com, "Forget aspirin, these marijuana-based painkillers are 30 times more powerful," 26 July 2019 Aveeno Clear Complexion Pure Matte Peel-Off Face Mask Palm says this no-rinse mask is gentle yet effective, with ingredients including lactic acid and glycolic acid that target pimples and heal post-inflammatory pigmentation and redness. Christina Heiser, NBC News, "What are the best skin care products for acne-prone skin? Look for these key ingredients," 25 July 2019 Another early influencer was Kali Kushner, who still opens up about acne, scarring, and hyper-pigmentation via her Instagram account @myfacestory. Sara Radin, Teen Vogue, "What Is Acne? What Causes Pimples and How to Treat Them," 27 June 2019 When Brodeur met Michelle back in 2014, Brodeur wanted to focus on fading Michelle's pigmentation and discoloration in the hope of a more even skin tone, according to the Refinery piece. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "This Skincare Ingredient is the Secret Weapon for Michelle Obama's Glowing Skin," 17 Jan. 2019 The museum says the bison’s health was compromised due to a genetic condition resulting in lack of pigmentation. USA TODAY, "Robot hostesses, veggie booze, ‘civil death’: News from around our 50 states," 4 July 2019 People’s suffering should not be commodified on the grounds of their skin pigmentation. Sahil Handa, National Review, "Why I’m No Longer Talking to Anyone about Anything," 13 June 2019

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First Known Use of pigmentation

1867, in the meaning defined above

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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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