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

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Recent Examples on the Web But Rodriguez says having vitiligo has also impacted her emotions positively. Amanda Mitchell, Allure, "7 Black Women With Skin Conditions Share Their Path to Diagnosis," 28 Apr. 2021 Some of the other characters in the book have Down syndrome, need glasses or braces, have vitiligo, alopecia and more. Chanel Stitt, Detroit Free Press, "Southfield salon owner, hair loss advocate turns her passion into a business," 6 Mar. 2021 Over the years the brand has unveiled dolls with prosthetic limbs, vitiligo, no hair and with wheelchairs. Elise Brisco, USA TODAY, "Barbie releases Eleanor Roosevelt doll as historical role model for International Women's Day," 3 Mar. 2021 The coverage stays on for 16 hours, and works wells even over acne, rosacea, and vitiligo. Akili King, Vogue, "15 of the Best Foundations for Dry Skin to Try This Winter," 9 Dec. 2020 This year, the toymaker unveiled dolls that are bald and appear to have the skin condition vitiligo. Carly Mallenbaum, USA TODAY, "Barbie (yes, the doll) posts a video about racism that goes viral, and for good reason," 8 Oct. 2020 The newest additions, unveiled on Tuesday, include dolls with bald heads; gold prosthetic limbs; and vitiligo, a condition that makes patches of skin lose color. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Meet the New Wave of More ‘Diverse’ Barbie Dolls," 30 Jan. 2020 And for the Barbie with vitiligo, Mattel worked alongside a dermatologist to capture the nuances of the condition. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Meet the New Wave of More ‘Diverse’ Barbie Dolls," 30 Jan. 2020 He has been beset by vitiligo, a disease that causes loss of skin color in blotches. David Woods, The Indianapolis Star, "IU's Greg Bell 'came out of nowhere' to win Olympic gold, then spent 50 years in dentistry," 13 June 2020

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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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10 May 2021

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“Vitiligo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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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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