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abnormally decreased pigmentation resulting from decreased melanin production.
[hypo- + pigmentation]
Diminished pigmentation, especially of the skin.
Etymology: Gk, hypo + L, pigmentum, paint
unusual lack of skin color, but not complete lack of pigment as seen in albinism. Compare hyperpigmentation.
hypopigmentationA lower than normal concentration of pigment cells (melanocytes).
A skin condition that occurs when the body has too little melanin, or pigment.
Mentioned in: Skin Pigmentation Disorders
abnormally decreased pigmentation.
following skin injury in horses; hyperpigmentation the rule in other species. In dogs depigmentation, due to damage of basal keratinocytes, due usually to immune-mediated diseases, e.g. lupus erythematosus. Skin depigmentation, such as occurs in human vitiligo, is recorded in dogs and horses.
due to defective melanization as a result of defective melanocytes in the skin or to their damage or destruction after birth.