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1. Markings in the form of spots on an organism: a thorax with pale maculation.
2. Archaic The act of spotting or staining or the condition of being spotted or stained.


1. (Biology) a pattern of spots, as on certain animals and plants
2. archaic the act of maculating or the state of being maculated


(ˌmæk yəˈleɪ ʃən)

1. the act of spotting.
2. a spotted condition.
3. a pattern of spots or streaks, as on an animal or plant.
4. a disfiguring spot or stain.
[1425–75; late Middle English < Latin]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.maculation - a small contrasting part of somethingmaculation - a small contrasting part of something; "a bald spot"; "a leopard's spots"; "a patch of clouds"; "patches of thin ice"; "a fleck of red"
marking - a pattern of marks
speck, pinpoint - a very small spot; "the plane was just a speck in the sky"
nebula - (pathology) a faint cloudy spot on the cornea
splash - a patch of bright color; "her red hat gave her outfit a splash of color"
worn spot, fret - a spot that has been worn away by abrasion or erosion
plaque - (pathology) a small abnormal patch on or inside the body
macule, macula - a patch of skin that is discolored but not usually elevated; caused by various diseases
mock sun, parhelion, sundog - a bright spot on the parhelic circle; caused by diffraction by ice crystals; "two or more parhelia are usually seen at once"
macula, sunspot - a cooler darker spot appearing periodically on the sun's photosphere; associated with a strong magnetic field
facula - a large bright spot on the sun's photosphere occurring most frequently in the vicinity of sunspots
facula - a bright spot on a planet
2.maculation - the act of spotting or staining somethingmaculation - the act of spotting or staining something
dirtying, soiling, soilure - the act of soiling something
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In Part One, he considers maculation theory, the idea that gaps and contradictions in biblical texts are stimulus to ever-new engagement and discovery.
strigipennis in wing maculation but clearly different in the genitalia, was collected at Nanling National Nature Reserve in Guangdong province, South China, and adjacent areas.
Discussion: Species in this genus are distinguished based on characteristics of pronotum punctation and maculation, connexiva coloration, and characters related to male genitalia and medial lobes of the 8th abdominal tergum.
neavei McDunnough, 1928, based on the two species being similar and stable in structure, but variable with respect to coloration and maculation of the body, especially the abdomen.
If a nest was considered active, the numbers of phoebe and cowbird eggs and/or nestlings present were recorded based on each species' distinctive eggshell maculation (Hauber 2001) and chick gape and flange coloration (Croston et al.
aurioculatus belongs to a monophyletic group of small species with reddish and orange opisthosomal colour spots, a weak maculation of the integument of the legs and a simple male pedipalp lacking medioectal sclerites (MES).
Width of pronotum more than two times the length, transversely ovoid, and narrower than the head; border of pronotum with two or three setae at corners, a distinct black grove around the edges and with a light median diamond-shaped maculation (Figs.
the "curse" on Cain was conflated by long tradition with the curse of blackness on Canaan or Ham, whose punishment for his own "adulterous" sin figured the origin of "black Moors" as well as the maculation of racial mixing.
3 ml (150 [micro]g/ml) in skin of the left oxter and 24 h later, values of the diameter and transverse diameter of the red maculation were detected.
Currently the problem is usually resolved by washing the blanket, which results in press downtime and causes maculation or spotting.
Although they championed a vernacular Bible, neither Wycliff nor Tyndale accepted the Bible's literary nature, which they regarded as a secular maculation on biblical purity.
Nantes-based artist Jackie Dumonteil has designed a blue and white spray-paint maculation of the inner, corrugated surface.