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[burth-mahrk] /ˈbɜrθˌmɑrk/
a minor disfigurement or blemish on a person's skin at birth; nevus.
Origin of birthmark
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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