[ vit-l-ahy-goh, -ee-goh ]
/ ˌvɪt lˈaɪ goʊ, -ˈi goʊ /

noun Pathology.

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.

Related forms

vit·i·lig·i·nous [vit-l-ij-uh-nuh s] /ˌvɪt lˈɪdʒ ə nəs/, adjectivevit·i·li·goid, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for vitiligo


/ (ˌvɪtɪˈlaɪɡəʊ) /


another name for leucoderma

Word Origin for vitiligo

C17: from Latin: a skin disease, probably from vitium a blemish
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Medicine definitions for vitiligo


[ vĭt′l-īgō, -ēgō ]

n. pl. vit•i•li•gos

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