albinism


noun

  1. the state or condition of being an albino.
n.

1836; see albino + -ism. Alternative form albinoism is recorded from 1868.

n.

  1. Congenital absence of normal pigmentation or coloration in the eyes only or in the skin, hair, and eyes.
  2. The condition of being an albino.

  1. An organism lacking normal pigmentation or coloration. Animals that are albinos lack pigmentation due to a congenital absence of melanin. In humans and other mammals, albinos have white hair, pale skin, and usually pinkish eyes. Plants that are albinos lack normal amounts of chlorophyll or other pigments.

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