vit·​i·​li·​go | \ ˌvi-tə-ˈlī-(ˌ)gō How to pronounce vitiligo (audio) , -ˈlē- How to pronounce vitiligo (audio) \

Definition of vitiligo

: a skin disorder manifested by smooth white spots on various parts of the body

Examples of vitiligo in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There aren’t many films where leading or supporting characters live with vitiligo. Clayton Gutzmore, Variety, 28 July 2022 Aliya Sawyer, 12, has vitiligo and has tried various treatments. Globe Staff,, 19 July 2022 The line includes the first Barbie with behind-the-ear hearing aids, a Ken doll with vitiligo and a doll with a prosthetic leg. Morgan Sung, NBC News, 11 May 2022 In vitiligo, the skin pigment cells are destroyed, and people end up with irregular, patchy loss of skin pigment. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 30 May 2022 The new line includes the first Barbie with behind-the-ear hearing aids, a doll with a prosthetic leg, as well as a Ken doll with vitiligo, a condition that causes loss of skin color in blotches. Maria Pasquini,, 11 May 2022 In 2020, the company launched Barbie dolls with vitiligo — a condition that affects skin pigmentation — and a variety of hair textures. Morgan Sung, NBC News, 11 May 2022 The character of Anna has severe autism and is largely non-verbal, while the actor who plays Aisha has vitiligo. Erik Morse, Vogue, 9 May 2022 Simmons says in her quest for an answer, she was first diagnosed with vitiligo, an autoimmune disease where the skin loses patches of pigmentation. Shivani Majmudar, SELF, 25 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of vitiligo

circa 1842, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for vitiligo

New Latin, from Latin, skin eruption

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“Vitiligo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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vit·​i·​li·​go | \ ˌvit-ᵊl-ˈī-(ˌ)gō also -ˈē- \

Medical Definition of vitiligo

: a progressive skin disorder that is a form of leukoderma caused by the localized or generalized destruction of melanocytes and marked by sharply circumscribed white spots of skin

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