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vitiligo

[vit-l-ahy-goh, -ee-goh] /ˌvɪt lˈaɪ goʊ, -ˈi goʊ/
noun, Pathology
1.
a skin disorder characterized by smooth, white patches on various parts of the body, caused by the loss of the natural pigment.
Also called leukoderma, piebald skin.
Origin
1650-1660
1650-60; < Latin vitilīgō form of skin eruption, apparently equivalent to *vitil(is) defective (vit(ium) blemish + -ilis -ile) + -īgō noun suffix
Related forms
vitiliginous
[vit-l-ij-uh-nuh s] /ˌvɪt lˈɪdʒ ə nəs/ (Show IPA),
adjective
vitiligoid, adjective
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Examples from the web for vitiligo
  • In vitiligo, the melanocytes are lost from the skin in certain areas.
British Dictionary definitions for vitiligo

vitiligo

/ˌvɪtɪˈlaɪɡəʊ/
noun
1.
another name for leucoderma
Word Origin
C17: from Latin: a skin disease, probably from vitium a blemish
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Word Origin and History for vitiligo
n.

1650s, from Latin vitiglio "a kind of cutaneous eruption, tetter."

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vitiligo in Medicine

vitiligo vit·i·li·go (vĭt'l-ī'gō, -ē'gō)
n. pl. vit·i·li·gos or vit·i·lig·i·nes (vĭt'l-ĭj'ə-nēz)
See leukoderma.

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