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melasma

 [mĕ-laz´mah]
melanosis with sharply demarcated blotchy, brown macules usually in a symmetric distribution over the cheeks and forehead and sometimes on the upper lip and neck. It is most often seen in women during pregnancy (melasma gravidarum or “mask of pregnancy”), at menopause, and while taking oral contraceptives; it occasionally occurs in women who are not pregnant or taking oral contraceptives, as well as in men. A similar pattern of facial hyperpigmentation may be associated with chronic liver disease. Called also chloasma.
melasma addiso´nii Addison's disease.
melasma gravida´rum melasma occurring during pregnancy.

me·las·ma

(mĕ-laz'mă),
A patchy pigmentation of sun-exposed skin, seen most commonly in pregnancy.
See also: chloasma.
[G. a black color, a black spot]

melasma

/me·las·ma/ (mĕ-laz´mah) sharply demarcated, blotchy, brown macules, usually in a symmetrical distribution on the cheeks and forehead and sometimes the upper lip and neck, often associated with pregnancy or other altered hormonal state.

melasma

See chloasma.

melasma

An acquired hypermelanosis with “blotchy” coalescent hyperpigmented macules occuring in sun-exposed areas, especially of the face and neck, which is typically seen in pregnancy or with OC use; it is caused by oxidation of tyrosine to melanin and usually regresses with delivery. A similar mask may appear in men without abnormal hormone levels, and in patients treated with phenytoin.

melasma

Chloasma, mask of pregnancy Obstetrics Darkening of face and neck with 'blotchy' coalescent hyperpigmented macules seen in pregnancy or with OC use, due to oxidation of tyrosine to melanin, often regressing with delivery; a similar mask may appear in ♂ without abnormal hormone levels, and in Pts treated with phenytoin.

me·las·ma

(mĕ-laz'mă)
A patchy or generalized pigmentation of the skin.
See also: chloasma
[G. a black color, a black spot]

Melasma

A dark mask-like discoloration that covers the cheeks and bridge of the nose. Also called "the mask of pregnancy."

melasma

dark pigmentation of the skin. Called also chloasma.