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[pig-muh n-tey-shuh n]
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  1. coloration, especially of the skin.
  2. Biology. coloration with or deposition of pigment.

Origin of pigmentation

1865–70; < Late Latin pigmentāt(us) painted, colored (see pigment, -ate1) + -ion
Related formshy·per·pig·men·ta·tion, noun
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Examples from the Web for pigmentation

Historical Examples

  • An accident of pigmentation, only that had brought him to this.

    Grove of the Unborn

    Lyn Venable

  • It calls it 'Pigmentation'—the 'pigmentation of the mature virgin.'

    Too Old for Dolls</p>

    Anthony Mario Ludovici

  • The male Silky transmitted the pigmentation, but only to his daughters.


    Reginald Crundall Punnett

  • In the iris, the pigmentation assumes a particular character.

    The Races of Man

    Joseph Deniker

  • The pigmentation of the body is not always so pronounced as in the Gorilla.

British Dictionary definitions for pigmentation


  1. coloration in plants, animals, or man caused by the presence of pigments
  2. 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

pigmentation in Medicine


([object Object])
  1. Coloration of tissues by pigment.
  2. Deposition of pigment by cells.
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