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[burth-mahrk] /ˈbɜrθˌmɑrk/
a minor disfigurement or blemish on a person's skin at birth; nevus.
1570-80; birth + mark1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for birthmark
  • Pigmented birthmarks are areas in which the color of the birthmark is different from the color of the rest of the skin.
  • He kept looking at the smoothness of her skin, down her thin neck-a birthmark at the protruding bone.
  • See a doctor if you have a mole, birthmark, or other pigmented area of skin with.
  • There is a light brown birthmark on the center of her forehead with small moles on both sides of the nose.
  • She has a light birthmark on the upper part of her stomach.
  • There's a little birthmark on his neck, the shape of a comma.
  • The suspect may have a mole or birthmark under his left eye.
  • She had a distinctive cowlick on the right side of her forehead and a birthmark on her stomach---possibly on the left side.
British Dictionary definitions for birthmark


a blemish or new growth on skin formed before birth, usually brown or dark red; naevus
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Word Origin and History for birthmark

also birth-mark, by 1805, from birth (n.) + mark (n.1). Birth marks in 17c. could be longing marks; supposedly they showed the image of something longed for by the mother while expecting. Related: Birthmarked.

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birthmark in Medicine

birthmark birth·mark (bûrth'märk')
A mole or blemish present on the skin from birth; a nevus.

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Encyclopedia Article for birthmark

congenital skin lesion, or birthmark, caused by abnormal pigmentation or by proliferation of blood vessels and other dermal or epidermal structures. Nevi may be raised or may spread along the surface of the skin. In other types, such as the blue nevus, proliferative tissue is buried deep within the dermis, the lower layer of the skin

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