Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Partial or total loss of skin pigmentation, often occurring in patches.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

Etymologies

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

[Latin vitilīgō, tetter.]

Examples

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

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

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • A disease that turns black people into white people. See this article.

    December 19, 2007