Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See leukoderma.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The patchy loss of skin pigmentation.
  • n. Alphos, a form of leprosy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A rare skin disease consisting in the development of smooth, milk-white spots upon various parts of the body.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A loss of pigment in one or more circumscribed parts of the skin, with increase of pigment in the skin immediately about such patches. Also called acquired leucodermia or leucopathia.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an acquired skin disease characterized by patches of unpigmented skin (often surrounded by a heavily pigmented border)

Etymologies

Latin vitilīgō, tetter.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • There is a rare form of vitiligo called vitiligo universalis, where it could be throughout the whole body.

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  • One of his complaints, as we have reported, is that he suffered from something called vitiligo, a skin condition.

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  • It is called vitiligo and it's more common than we think.

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  • This loss of normal skin color - called vitiligo - is not an illness.

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  • While his skin color transformation was apparently caused by a medical condition called vitiligo, it still seems clear that he had the desire to live across boundaries of race and gender.

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  • Scientists suspect the same mechanism also may be responsible for a condition known as vitiligo, where white spots appear in the skin.

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  • In the early 1990s, Jackson's dermatologist revealed the singer had a skin disorder known as vitiligo, which leads to white patches on the skin.

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  • Despite many news reports which have suggested Michael Jackson was afflicted with the disease known as vitiligo, Blacks have remained suspicious.

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  • February 1993: In an interview with Oprah Winfrey, says he suffers from a disorder known as vitiligo that is destroying his skin pigment.

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  • He had a skin disease called vitiligo which destroys the pigmentation of your skin.

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