[ vit-l-ahy-goh, -ee-goh ]
/ ˌvɪt lˈaɪ goʊ, -ˈi goʊ /
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 formsvit·i·lig·i·nous [vit-l-ij-uh-nuh s] /ˌvɪt lˈɪdʒ ə nəs/, adjectivevit·i·li·goid, adjective
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Examples from the Web for vitiligo
Did he really have vitiligo or was he just bleaching his skin?
Vitiligo and lichens are deformities of the skin, but they are curable.A History of Epidemics in Britain (Volume I of II)|Charles Creighton
It is not to be confounded with vitiligo, chloasma, or the macular syphiloderm.Essentials of Diseases of the Skin|Henry Weightman Stelwagon
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-ī′gō, -ē′gō ]
n. pl. vit•i•li•gos
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