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pigmentation

[pig-muh n-tey-shuh n] /ˌpɪg mənˈteɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
coloration, especially of the skin.
2.
Biology. coloration with or deposition of pigment.
Origin
1865-1870
1865-70; < Late Latin pigmentāt(us) painted, colored (see pigment, -ate1) + -ion
Related forms
hyperpigmentation, noun
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Examples from the web for pigmentation
  • The final picture shows pigmentation preserved in a fossil feather.
  • At any time the tree colors up pretty much all at once, and has clean, even pigmentation.
  • He explains that typically, melanistic birds will have white spots where melanin pigmentation has failed to color the feathers.
  • However, acid rain bled the trees of their pigmentation, turning them ashen grey.
  • Light-related diseases and disorders of pigmentation.
  • Images with dark and medium areolar pigmentation were rated as more attractive than images with light areolae.
  • The cells can also convert the precursor into a second chemical, called an activator, which actually guides pigmentation.
  • Human skin pigmentation varies among populations in a striking manner.
  • For many species, pigmentation pattern is also similar in juveniles and adults.
British Dictionary definitions for pigmentation

pigmentation

/ˌpɪɡmənˈteɪʃən/
noun
1.
coloration in plants, animals, or man caused by the presence of pigments
2.
the deposition of pigment in animals, plants, or man
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Word Origin and History for pigmentation
n.

1866, from pigment + -ation. Perhaps modeled on French.

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pigmentation in Medicine

pigmentation pig·men·ta·tion (pĭg'mən-tā'shən)
n.

  1. Coloration of tissues by pigment.

  2. Deposition of pigment by cells.

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