[vit-l-ahy-goh, -ee-goh]
noun Pathology.
  1. 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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for vitiligo

Contemporary Examples of vitiligo

  • Did he really have vitiligo or was he just bleaching his skin?

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    July 12, 2009

Historical Examples of vitiligo

British Dictionary definitions for vitiligo


  1. another name for leucoderma

Word Origin for vitiligo

C17: from Latin: a skin disease, probably from vitium a blemish
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Word Origin and History for vitiligo

1650s, from Latin vitiglio "a kind of cutaneous eruption, tetter."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

vitiligo in Medicine


[vĭt′l-īgō, -ēgō]
n. pl. vit•i•li•gos
  1. leukoderma
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