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stigma

[ stig-muh ]
/ ˈstɪg mə /
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noun, plural stig·ma·ta [stig-muh-tuh, stig-mah-tuh, -mat-uh], /ˈstɪg mə tə, stɪgˈmɑ tə, -ˈmæt ə/, stig·mas.
a mark of disgrace or infamy; a stain or reproach, as on one's reputation.
Medicine/Medical.
  1. a mental or physical mark that is characteristic of a defect or disease: the stigmata of leprosy.
  2. a place or point on the skin that bleeds during certain mental states, as in hysteria.
Zoology.
  1. a small mark, spot, or pore on an animal or organ.
  2. the eyespot of a protozoan.
  3. an entrance into the respiratory system of insects.
Botany. the part of a pistil that receives the pollen.
stigmata, marks resembling the wounds of the crucified body of Christ, said to be supernaturally impressed on the bodies of certain persons, especially nuns, tertiaries, and monastics.
Archaic. a mark made by a branding iron on the skin of a criminal or slave.
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Origin of stigma

1580–90; <Latin <Greek stígma tattoo mark, equivalent to stig- (stem of stízein to tattoo) + -ma noun suffix denoting result of action; see stick2
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British Dictionary definitions for stigma

stigma
/ (ˈstɪɡmə) /

noun plural stigmas or for sense 7 stigmata (ˈstɪɡmətə, stɪɡˈmɑːtə)

Word Origin for stigma

C16: via Latin from Greek: brand, from stizein to tattoo
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Scientific definitions for stigma

stigma
[ stĭgmə ]

The sticky tip of a flower pistil, on which pollen is deposited at the beginning of pollination. See more at flower.
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