albinism

[al-buh-niz-uh m]

Origin of albinism

First recorded in 1830–40; albin(o) + -ism
Related formsal·bi·nis·tic, adjective
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Examples from the Web for albinism

Contemporary Examples of albinism

  • That is why her main focus is on Under the Same Sun, her nonprofit organization for people with albinism now.

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    Women of Courage

    Roja Heydarpour

    October 20, 2010

  • “They say people with albinism are ghosts anyway,” said Ntetema.

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    Women of Courage

    Roja Heydarpour

    October 20, 2010

  • Renegade witch doctors have convinced locals that the blood, bones, and skin of people with albinism possess magical properties.

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    Hope After An Unspeakable Crime

    JuJu Chang

    August 27, 2010

  • In fact, just this week, a woman in Kenya was convicted of killing her own 4-month-old child with albinism.

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    Hope After An Unspeakable Crime

    JuJu Chang

    August 27, 2010

  • The Canadian non-profit Under the Same Sun works with albinism victims in Tanzania.

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    A Gruesome Black Market

    Eliza Barclay

    October 28, 2009

Historical Examples of albinism


Word Origin and History for albinism
n.

1836; see albino + -ism. Alternative form albinoism is recorded from 1868.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

albinism in Medicine

albinism

[ălbə-nĭz′əm]
n.
  1. Congenital absence of normal pigmentation or coloration in the eyes only or in the skin, hair, and eyes.
  2. The condition of being an albino.
Related formsal′bi•notic (-nŏtĭk) adj.
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albinism in Science

albino

[ăl-bīnō]
  1. An organism lacking normal pigmentation or coloration. Animals that are albinos lack pigmentation due to a congenital absence of melanin. In humans and other mammals, albinos have white hair, pale skin, and usually pinkish eyes. Plants that are albinos lack normal amounts of chlorophyll or other pigments.
Related formsalbinism noun (ălbə-nĭz′əm)
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