stretch marks

plural noun

Definition of stretch marks

: striae on the skin (as of the hips, abdomen, and breasts) from excessive stretching and rupture of elastic fibers especially due to pregnancy or obesity

Examples of stretch marks in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This tonic, formulated with plant extracts like Mint, Geranium and Rosemary, helps reduce the appearance of both cellulite and stretch marks. Bianca Salonga, Forbes, 8 June 2021 Along with minimizing wrinkles on their face, neck, and decollete, the cream works well for fading dark stretch marks, shoppers say. Stephanie Perry, Southern Living, 21 June 2021 Equally, the collagen-boosting plant oils help to prevent stretch marks and improve the appearance of both new and old scars. Bridget Arsenault, Forbes, 29 May 2021 Daily use visibly is clinically proven to reduce stretch marks and unwanted lines/dimpling. Angela Lei, Forbes, 2 June 2021 The skin-loving bundle also includes a dry brush and belly butter enriched with peptides and shea butter to help reduce the appearance of stretch marks. Jennifer Ford, Forbes, 7 May 2021 The skin-loving bundle also includes a dry brush and belly butter enriched with peptides and shea butter to help reduce the appearance of stretch marks. Jennifer Ford, Forbes, 7 May 2021 Her skin is taut, tan, and free of blemishes, stretch marks, and scars. Nicola Dall'asen, Allure, 5 May 2021 This didn’t go over well, coming from a white woman who achieved fame in 2015 after posting a bikini photograph from Cancún, Mexico, that revealed her pregnancy stretch marks. New York Times, 29 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of stretch marks

1956, in the meaning defined above

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26 Jul 2021

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“Stretch marks.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stretch%20marks. Accessed 2 Aug. 2021.

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stretch marks

noun

English Language Learners Definition of stretch marks

: long marks on the skin left after the skin has been stretched especially by pregnancy

stretch marks

noun plural

Medical Definition of stretch marks

: striae on the skin (as of the hips, abdomen, and breasts) from excessive stretching and rupture of elastic fibers especially due to pregnancy or obesity

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