albinism


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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
References in classic literature ?
Every one must have heard of cases of albinism, prickly skin, hairy bodies, &c.
MRS Onome Akinlolu, the Chief Executive Officer, Onome Akinlolu Majaro Foundation, a non-governmental organisation dedicated to the cause of albinism, has warned of the pernicious effects of continuing in the path of stigmatising the albinos rather than seeking to understand the condition.
Meanwhile, Kuwait's ambassador to Tanzania Jassim Najem revealed that his country is financing a USD 500,000 aid program for the disabled, particularly, people suffering from Albinism.
The abuse and crimes committed against people with albinism in some parts of Africa makes for a sad and tragic tale that has been unaddressed for decades.
Leucism is completely different from albinism because leucism affects only the feathers, while in albinism the eyes, skin, bill and legs are also affected.
The girl with albinism got 455 marks at St Anne Junior Lubao in Kakamega.
Kakuya beat all odds that come with albinism to score 455 out the possible 500 marks.
pdf) National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration explains that some dolphin species, as well as whales and porpoises, have displayed albinism and can produce offspring that are white instead of colored.
Or that he was born with albinism, a condition that causes a deficiency of pigment in his skin and hair as well as impaired vision.
This genetically heterogeneous condition can be subdivided into either oculocutaneous or ocular albinism with the former characterised by hypopigmentation of the hair, eyes and skin.
fan People born with albinism in Tanzania - a genetic disorder in which skin, hair and eyes lack melanin, the pigment that gives skin its colour and helps to protect it from damage by ultraviolet light from the sun - have a troubled existence.
A forum on combating the trafficking of people with albinism was held in northern Mozambique in mid-May.