|—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]|
albinism al·bi·nism (āl'bə-nĭz'əm)
Congenital absence of normal pigmentation or coloration in the eyes only or in the skin, hair, and eyes.
The condition of being an albino.
|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)