|—n , pl (for sense 7) stigmas, stigmata|
|1.||a distinguishing mark of social disgrace: the stigma of having been in prison|
|2.||a small scar or mark such as a birthmark|
|a. any mark on the skin, such as one characteristic of a specific disease|
|b. any sign of a mental deficiency or emotional upset|
|4.||botany the receptive surface of a carpel, where deposited pollen germinates|
|a. a pigmented eyespot in some protozoans and other invertebrates|
|b. the spiracle of an insect|
|6.||archaic a mark branded on the skin|
|7.||(plural) Christianity marks resembling the wounds of the crucified Christ, believed to appear on the bodies of certain individuals|
|[C16: via Latin from Greek: brand, from stizein to tattoo]|
stigma stig·ma (stĭg'mə)
n. pl. stig·mas or stig·ma·ta (stĭg-mä'tə, -māt'ə, stĭg'mə-)
Visible evidence of a disease.
A spot or blemish on the skin.
A bleeding spot on the skin considered as a manifestation of conversion disorder.
The orange pigmented eyespot of certain chlorophyll-bearing protozoa, such as Euglena viridis. It serves as a light filter by absorbing certain wavelengths.
A mark of shame or discredit.