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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.

al•bi•nism

(ˈæl bəˌnɪz əm)

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

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.
See also: Skin

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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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
Translations

albinism

[ˈælbɪnɪzəm] Nalbinismo m

albinism

nAlbinismus m

al·bi·nism

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

albinism

n albinismo
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The Tanzanian government banned witch doctors in January 2015 as part of its effort to prevent attacks on people with Albinism.
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During an official visit to the southern African nation in her new role, Ikponwosa Ero said Malawian police have recorded at least 65 cases of violence against people with albinism, including brutal killings and dismemberment, since late 2014.
To have albinism is one thing; to be reduced to that genetic condition as your entire identity is another, in Kenya, people with albinism are taunted with jeers of "money," as their body parts are believed to be powerful ingredients, worth money, in witchcraft and as lucky charms.

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