chloasma

chloasma

[kloh-az-muh]
noun Pathology.
a condition in which light-brown spots occur on the skin, caused by exposure to sun, dyspepsia, or certain specific diseases.

Origin:
1875–80; < Neo-Latin < Late Greek: greenness, derivative of Greek chloázein to be green, derivative of chlóos green

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chloasma (kləʊˈæzmə)
 
n , pl chloasmata
med the appearance on a person's skin, esp of the face, of patches of darker colour: associated with hormonal changes caused by liver disease or the use of oral contraceptives
 
[C19: from New Latin, from Greek khloasma greenness]

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chloasma chlo·as·ma (klō-āz'mə)
n. pl. chlo·as·ma·ta (-mə-tə)
A patchy brown or dark brown skin discoloration that usually occurs on a woman's face and may result from hormonal changes, as in pregnancy. Also called mask of pregnancy, melasma.

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