- a skin disorder characterized by smooth, white patches on various parts of the body, caused by the loss of the natural pigment.
Origin of vitiligo
1650–60; < Latin vitilīgō form of skin eruption, apparently equivalent to *vitil(is) defective (vit(ium) blemish + -ilis -ile) + -īgō noun suffix
Also called leukoderma, piebald skin.
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- another name for leucoderma
Word Origin for vitiligo
C17: from Latin: a skin disease, probably from vitium a blemish
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1650s, from Latin vitiglio "a kind of cutaneous eruption, tetter."
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- Of, relating to, or characterized by vitiligo.
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