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 As someone with vitiligo, a skin condition where pigment is lost from patches of skin on the face and body, Chery feels that his flourishing career as a model stands for something powerful. Thatiana Diaz,, "Model Yvesmark Chery Stands For More Than His Skin In This New Campaign," 3 Mar. 2020 Her natural hair is cropped close, while her skin is dotted with regal patches of gold that represent vitiligo, the skin condition that causes loss of pigment. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "'NCIS: New Orleans" star's art collection gets guest role at Detroit museum," 27 Jan. 2020 And because of a new study, a better treatment option for those with vitiligo could be on the way. Rebecca Dancer, Allure, "Ruxolitinib, a New Topical Cream Could Effectively Reverse Vitiligo, According to New Study," 26 June 2019 On Wednesday the storied brand unveiled its most diverse collection yet, adding a doll with vitiligo, a doll with no hair, and a doll with a darker skin tone that uses a gold prosthetic limb. Tanya A. Christian, Essence, "Barbie Locks Down Title Of Most Diverse Doll Line With New Melanin-Rich Offerings," 29 Jan. 2020 Mattel is now claiming to be the most diverse doll line with its recent launch of dolls that have vitiligo, a prosthetic leg and a bald head. Washington Post, "Barbie just got even more diverse as Mattel adds dolls with vitiligo and no hair," 29 Jan. 2020 Mattel on Tuesday revealed a doll with vitiligo, a doll with no hair, and a doll with a darker skin tone and a gold prosthetic limb. Sophie Lewis, CBS News, "Barbie dolls with no hair and vitiligo added to Mattel's "most diverse doll line" yet," 28 Jan. 2020 Other skin diseases can appear too: eczema (inflamed, itchy, irritated skin); vitiligo (a loss of skin pigment in blotches); sarcoidosis (an inflammatory disease); lichen planus (flat, itchy, purple bumps); even skin cancer. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "The dark side of tattoos and your health," 28 Oct. 2019 Barbie fans requested a doll with vitiligo, McKnight told USA Today. Washington Post, "Barbie just got even more diverse as Mattel adds dolls with vitiligo and no hair," 29 Jan. 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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25 May 2020

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“Vitiligo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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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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