albinism

[al-buh-niz-uhm]
noun
the state or condition of being an albino.

Origin:
1830–40; albin(o) + -ism

albinistic, adjective
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albino (ælˈbiːnəʊ)
 
n , 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
 
[C18: via Portuguese from Spanish, from albo white, from Latin albus]
 
albinic
 
adj
 
albin'istic
 
adj
 
albinism
 
n
 
albinotic
 
adj

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albinism
1836; see albino. Alt. form albinoism is recorded from 1868.
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albinism al·bi·nism (āl'bə-nĭz'əm)
n.

  1. Congenital absence of normal pigmentation or coloration in the eyes only or in the skin, hair, and eyes.

  2. The condition of being an albino.


al'bi·not'ic (-nŏt'ĭk) adj.
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albino   (āl-bī'nō)  Pronunciation Key 
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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Example sentences
They are prone to albinism, occasionally appearing totally white.
Albinism occurs across nature, as well as in humans.
There are several different genes on several different chromosomes which when mutated can cause albinism.
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