[ pig-muhn-tey-shuhn ]
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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

Other words from pigmentation

  • hy·per·pig·men·ta·tion, noun

Words Nearby pigmentation

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How to use pigmentation in a sentence

  • Blueskins were people who inherited a splotchy skin-pigmentation from other people who'd survived a plague.

    Pariah Planet | Murray Leinster
  • From the continued irritation and scratching more or less pigmentation results.

    Essentials of Diseases of the Skin | Henry Weightman Stelwagon
  • New papules may appear from time to time, the older lesions disappearing and leaving persistent reddish or brownish pigmentation.

    Essentials of Diseases of the Skin | Henry Weightman Stelwagon

British Dictionary definitions for pigmentation


/ (ˌpɪɡmənˈteɪʃən) /

  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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