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[al-buh-niz-uh m] /ˈæl bəˌnɪz əm/
the state or condition of being an albino.
1830-40; albin(o) + -ism
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albinistic, adjective Unabridged
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  • 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.
Word Origin and History for albinism

1836; see albino + -ism. Alternative form albinoism is recorded from 1868.

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albinism in Medicine

albinism al·bi·nism (āl'bə-nĭz'əm)

  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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albinism in Science
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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