port-wine stain


: a reddish-purple superficial hemangioma of the skin commonly occurring as a birthmark

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The pairing was to be achieved alphabetically, as if a third of the class wasn’t coloured and Walter Ulbricht didn’t have a port-wine stain eating half of his face. Madeleine Kearns, National Review, 26 Sep. 2019 The woman was middle-aged, with a port-wine stain occupying the left side of her face and a full face of makeup concealing it. Joel Barhamand, Allure, 31 Mar. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1886, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of port-wine stain was in 1886

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“Port-wine stain.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/port-wine%20stain. Accessed 1 Apr. 2023.

Medical Definition

port-wine stain

: a reddish purple superficial hemangioma of the skin commonly occurring as a birthmark

called also nevus flammeus, port-wine mark

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