noun, plural stig·ma·ta [stig-muh-tuh, stig-mah-tuh, -mat-uh] /ˈstɪg mə tə, stɪgˈmɑ tə, -ˈmæt ə/, stig·mas.
- a mental or physical mark that is characteristic of a defect or disease: the stigmata of leprosy.
- a place or point on the skin that bleeds during certain mental states, as in hysteria.
- a small mark, spot, or pore on an animal or organ.
- the eyespot of a protozoan.
- an entrance into the respiratory system of insects.
Origin of stigma
Examples from the Web for stigmata
He saw the stigmata on her hands, which we did not, as her sleeves covered them.Journal in France in 1845 and 1848 with Letters from Italy in 1847|T. W. (Thomas William) Allies
The breathing pores (stigmata) open in a scaly plate at the posterior end of the body.Our Common Insects|Alpheus Spring Packard
Therefore, what of the stigmata of the saints from a scientific point of view?Essays In Pastoral Medicine|Austin Malley
You'd better not, or it won't be her who'll have the stigmata.The Venus Trap|Evelyn E. Smith
In France especially, since the days of Morel, the stigmata of degeneration are much spoken of.Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 2 (of 6)|Havelock Ellis
British Dictionary definitions for stigmata
noun plural stigmas or for sense 7 stigmata (ˈstɪɡmətə, stɪɡˈmɑːtə)
- any mark on the skin, such as one characteristic of a specific disease
- any sign of a mental deficiency or emotional upset
- a pigmented eyespot in some protozoans and other invertebrates
- the spiracle of an insect
Word Origin for stigma
Word Origin and History for stigmata
1590s, "mark made on skin by burning with a hot iron," from Latin stigma (plural stigmata), from Greek stigma (genitive stigmatos) "mark, puncture," especially one made by a pointed instrument, from root of stizein "to mark, tattoo," from PIE *st(e)ig- (see stick (v.)). Figurative meaning "a mark of disgrace" is from 1610s. Stigmas "marks resembling the wounds on the body of Christ, appearing supernaturally on the bodies of the devout" is from 1630s; earlier stigmate (late 14c.), from Latin stigmata.