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al·bi·nism

 (ăl′bə-nĭz′əm)
n.
1. Any of several inherited conditions characterized by the reduction or absence of the pigment melanin in a person or animal, resulting in lack of pigmentation in the eyes, skin, and hair. Humans with albinism usually have vision problems.
2. Lack of chlorophyll in a plant or plant part, resulting in a pale color.

[French albinisme, from German Albinismus, from Albino, albino, from Portuguese; see albino.]

al′bi·nis′tic adj.
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al•bi•nism

(ˈæl bəˌnɪz əm)

n.
the state or condition of being an albino.
[1830–40]
al`bi•nis′tic, adj.
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albinism

Medicine. a congenital absence of pigment in the skin, hair, and eyes, ranging in scope from partial to total. Also albinoism. Cf. melanism. — albino, n. — albinotic, adj.
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albinism

An inherited condition in which people are born with defective melanocytes (pigment-producing cells). The skin, hair, and sometimes eyes lack color and the person is sensitive to sunlight.
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Noun1.albinism - the congenital absence of pigmentation in the eyes and skin and hairalbinism - the congenital absence of pigmentation in the eyes and skin and hair
hypopigmentation - unusual lack of skin color
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Translations

albinism

[ˈælbɪnɪzəm] Nalbinismo m
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albinism

nAlbinismus m
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al·bi·nism

n. albinismo, falta de pigmentación en la piel, el cabello y los ojos.
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albinism

n albinismo
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References in periodicals archive ?
Some Malawians, like others in the region, believe people with the condition -- which causes a lack of skin pigmentation -- have magical qualities and use their body parts in "witchcraft." The belief has led to murders and kidnappings of albino people, including many children.
There, albino people, believed by some to have supernatural powers, are killed to bring luck or to be sold in dismembered parts for use in folk rituals.
Albino people will have very light skin and hair, as well as reddish eye colors.