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[pig-muh n-tey-shuh n] /ˌpɪg mənˈteɪ ʃən/
coloration, especially of the skin.
Biology. coloration with or deposition of pigment.
Origin of pigmentation
1865-70; < Late Latin pigmentāt(us) painted, colored (see pigment, -ate1) + -ion
Related forms
hyperpigmentation, noun Unabridged
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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


coloration in plants, animals, or man caused by the presence of pigments
the deposition of pigment in animals, plants, or man
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Word Origin and History for pigmentation

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

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pigmentation in Medicine

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

  1. Coloration of tissues by pigment.

  2. Deposition of pigment by cells.

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