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Medical Term:


Pronunciation: stig'ma, -ma-ta


  1. Visible evidence of a disease.
  2. Any spot or blemish on the skin.
  3. A bleeding spot on the skin, which is considered a manifestation of conversion hysteria.
  4. The orange-pigmented eyespot of certain chlorophyll-bearing protozoa (Euglena viridis); filters light by absorbing certain wavelengths.
  5. A mark of shame or discredit.

Synonym(s): follicular stigma

[G. a mark. fr. stizo, to prick]

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