Loss of color (pigment) from the skin, mucous membranes, hair, or retina of the eye. The color of the skin, mucous membranes, hair, and retina is due to the deposition of melanin, which is a coloring matter. Melanin is produced by specialized cells called melanocytes. Other terms pertaining to pigment include pigmentation (the presence of pigment), hypopigmentation and underpigmentation (too little pigment), and hyperpigmentation (too much pigment).
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Loss of pigment which may be partial or complete. SEE ALSO: achromia (1).

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de·pig·men·ta·tion (.)dē-.pig-mən-'tā-shən, n loss of normal pigmentation

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de·pig·men·ta·tion (de-pig″mən-taґshən) removal or loss of pigment, especially melanin, such as in amelanosis, achromotrichia, leukoderma, vitiligo, and other conditions.

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  • depigmentation — noun Date: 1889 loss of normal pigmentation …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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