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Pronunciation: pig'ment


  1. Any coloring matter, such as that in the red blood cells, hair, or iris, or in the stains used in histologic or bacteriologic work, or that in paint.
  2. A medicinal preparation for external use, applied to the skin like paint, or coloring agents used in paints.

[L. pigmentum, paint]

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