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[dis-kuhl-uh-rey-shuh n] /dɪsˌkʌl əˈreɪ ʃən/
the act or fact of discoloring or the state of being discolored.
a discolored marking or area; stain.
Also called discolorment.
Origin of discoloration
1635-45; discolor + -ation
Related forms
self-discoloration, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Silver-gilt articles tend to get discoloured by use, but this discoloration can be removed by soap and water.

    On Laboratory Arts Richard Threlfall
  • As I watched I observed that the discoloration was beginning to fade.

    Allan's Wife H. Rider Haggard
  • Some are soluble in water, as shown by the discoloration of the substances on which they grow.

    The Fundamentals of Bacteriology Charles Bradfield Morrey
  • Allow me to look closely at that discoloration once more for a moment.

    The Poet at the Breakfast Table Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • The discoloration of the skin was like the effects of nitrate of silver.

  • This discoloration was of a livid blue, about the tint of a tattoo mark.

  • The discoloration and swelling are most intense in the immediate vicinity of the wound, the edges of which are everted and moist.

    Manual of Surgery Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
  • Sometimes a discoloration is observable in iron kettles or other iron vessels.

    Housekeeping in Old Virginia Marion Cabell Tyree
Word Origin and History for discoloration

1640s, noun of action from discolorate (early 15c.), from past participle stem of Medieval Latin discolorare (see discolor) + -ation.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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