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albino

[al-bahy-noh or, esp. British, -bee-] /ælˈbaɪ noʊ or, esp. British, -ˈbi-/
noun, plural albinos.
1.
a person with pale skin, light hair, pinkish eyes, and visual abnormalities resulting from a hereditary inability to produce the pigment melanin.
2.
an animal or plant with a marked deficiency in pigmentation.
3.
Philately. an embossed stamp accidentally left without ink.
Origin
1770-1780
1770-80; < Portuguese, equivalent to alb(o) white (< Latin albus) + -ino -ine1
Related forms
albinic
[al-bin-ik] /ælˈbɪn ɪk/ (Show IPA),
albinal
[al-buh-nl] /ˈæl bə nl/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for albinal

albino

/ælˈbiːnəʊ/
noun (pl) -nos
1.
a person with congenital absence of pigmentation in the skin, eyes, and hair
2.
any animal or plant that is deficient in pigment
Derived Forms
albinic (ælˈbɪnɪk), albinistic, adjective
albinism (ˈælbɪˌnɪzəm) noun
albinotic (ˌælbɪˈnɒtɪk) adjective
Word Origin
C18: via Portuguese from Spanish, from albo white, from Latin albus
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Word Origin and History for albinal

albino

n.

1777, from Spanish or Portuguese albino, from Latin albus "white" (see alb). Used by Portuguese of white-spotted African negroes. Extended 1859 to animals having the same peculiarity. A female albino formerly was an albiness (1808).

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albinal in Medicine

albino al·bi·no (āl-bī'nō)
n. pl. al·bi·nos
A person or an animal lacking normal pigmentation, resulting in abnormally pale or white skin and hair and pink or blue eyes with a deep-red pupil.

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albinal in Science
albino
  (āl-bī'nō)   
An organism lacking normal pigmentation or coloration. Animals that are albinos lack pigmentation due to a congenital absence of melanin. In humans and other mammals, albinos have white hair, pale skin, and usually pinkish eyes. Plants that are albinos lack normal amounts of chlorophyll or other pigments.

albinism noun (āl'bə-nĭz'əm)
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