[pig-muh n-tey-shuh n]
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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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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.

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pigmentation in Medicine


  1. Coloration of tissues by pigment.
  2. Deposition of pigment by cells.
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