stretch marks

plural noun

: 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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Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web This body cream helps jump-start the skin's natural repairing process and also features a combo of amino acids and vitamins to firm skin, fight sun damage, and even fade stretch marks. Jamie Wilson, Harper's BAZAAR, 1 Sep. 2022 Microneedling is also a standard treatment for fine lines and wrinkles, sun damage, and stretch marks. ELLE, 29 Aug. 2022 In addition to rebuking ashiness, cocoa butter is supposed to keep my skin supple and help reduce discoloration and stretch marks that may come as my body shape-shifts and expands. Karen Good Marable, Allure, 30 May 2022 Sometimes a brand will talk about being body positive asking consumers to embrace their stretch marks and challenge beauty norms, but their clothing stops at a size 14, when the general populace need sizes up to a 28. Latria Graham, Outside Online, 18 Mar. 2020 As one of the most popular body makeup brands, Dermablend’s Leg and Body Makeup Foundation is ideal for covering tattoos, scars, veins, stretch marks... Madison Yauger, Peoplemag, 24 Aug. 2022 This light, non-greasy cream will soothe itchy tummies and prevent stretch marks. Jamie Kravitz, Woman's Day, 4 Aug. 2022 The natural plant oil moisturizes, reduces signs of aging such as wrinkles and fine lines, treats sun damage, and reduces the appearance of stretch marks and scarring. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 26 May 2022 Postpartum bodies take time to recover Three months after giving birth to her twin boys, Ashley is back on Instagram sharing her postpartum body with the rest of the world—stretch marks and all. Tish Weinstock, Glamour, 30 Apr. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1956, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of stretch marks was in 1956

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“Stretch marks.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Oct. 2022.

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Medical Definition

stretch marks

noun plural

: 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

Last Updated: 12 Sep 2022

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