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n. pl. stig·mas or stig·ma·ta (stĭg-mä′tə, -măt′ə, stĭg′mə-)
1. An association of disgrace or public disapproval with something, such as an action or condition: "Depression ... has become easier to diagnose, and seeking treatment does not carry the stigma it once did" (Greg Critser). See Synonyms at stain.
a. A visible indicator of disease.
b. A small bodily mark, especially a birthmark or scar, that is congenital or indicative of a condition or disease.
3. Psychology A bleeding spot on the skin considered to be a manifestation of conversion disorder.
4. stigmata Christianity Bodily marks, sores, or sensations of pain corresponding in location to the crucifixion wounds of Jesus, believed to be given as divine recognition of devotion.
5. Botany The apex of the pistil of a flower, on which pollen grains are deposited and germinate.
6. Biology A small mark, spot, or pore, such as the respiratory spiracle of an insect or an eyespot in certain protists.
7. Archaic A mark burned into the skin as a visible identifier of a person as a criminal or slave; a brand.
[Middle English stigme, brand, from Latin stigma, stigmat-, tattoo indicating slave or criminal status, from Greek, tattoo mark, from stizein, stig-, to prick; see steig- in Indo-European roots.]
n, pl stigmas or (for sense 7)stigmata (ˈstɪɡmətə; stɪɡˈmɑːtə)
1. a distinguishing mark of social disgrace: the stigma of having been in prison.
2. (Medicine) a small scar or mark such as a birthmark
3. (Pathology) pathol
a. any mark on the skin, such as one characteristic of a specific disease
b. any sign of a mental deficiency or emotional upset
4. (Botany) botany the receptive surface of a carpel, where deposited pollen germinates
5. (Zoology) zoology
a. a pigmented eyespot in some protozoans and other invertebrates
b. the spiracle of an insect
6. (Physiology) archaic a mark branded on the skin
7. (Ecclesiastical Terms) (plural) Christianity marks resembling the wounds of the crucified Christ, believed to appear on the bodies of certain individuals
[C16: via Latin from Greek: brand, from stizein to tattoo]
n., pl. stig•ma•ta (ˈstɪg mə tə, stɪgˈmɑ tə, -ˈmæt ə) stig•mas.
1. a stain or reproach, as on one's reputation.
a. a mark or obvious trait that is characteristic of a defect or disease: the stigmata of leprosy.
b. a place or point on the skin that bleeds during certain mental states, as in hysteria.
a. a small mark, spot, or pore on an animal or organ.
b. the eyespot of a protozoan.
c. an entrance into the respiratory system of insects.
4. the part of a pistil that receives the pollen..
5. stigmata, marks resembling the wounds of the crucified body of Christ, said to be supernaturally impressed on the bodies of certain holy persons.
6. Archaic. a mark made by a branding iron on the skin of a criminal or slave.
[1580–90; < Latin < Greek stígma tattoo mark <stízein to tattoo]
The sticky tip of a flower pistil, on which pollen is deposited at the beginning of pollination. See more at flower.
The pollen-receptive tip of the female reproductive organ of a flower.
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|Noun||1.||stigma - the apical end of the style where deposited pollen enters the pistil|
reproductive structure - the parts of a plant involved in its reproduction
style - (botany) the narrow elongated part of the pistil between the ovary and the stigma
|2.||stigma - a symbol of disgrace or infamy; "And the Lord set a mark upon Cain"--Genesis|
demerit - a mark against a person for misconduct or failure; usually given in school or armed forces; "ten demerits and he loses his privileges"
symbol - an arbitrary sign (written or printed) that has acquired a conventional significance
|3.||stigma - an external tracheal aperture in a terrestrial arthropod|
spiracle - a breathing orifice
|4.||stigma - a skin lesion that is a diagnostic sign of some disease|
stigma[ˈstɪgmə] n → stigma m
n. estigma, huella.
1. señal específica de una enfermedad;
2. marca o señal en el cuerpo.