Definition of Pigment

1. Noun. Dry coloring material (especially a powder to be mixed with a liquid to produce paint, etc.).

2. Verb. Acquire pigment; become colored or imbued.
Generic synonyms: Hue
Derivative terms: Pigmentation, Pigmentation

3. Noun. Any substance whose presence in plant or animal tissues produces a characteristic color.

4. Verb. Color or dye with a pigment. "Pigment a photograph"

5. Noun. A substance used as a coating to protect or decorate a surface (especially a mixture of pigment suspended in a liquid); dries to form a hard coating. "Artists use `paint' and `pigment' interchangeably"

Definition of Pigment

1. n. Any material from which a dye, a paint, or the like, may be prepared; particularly, the refined and purified coloring matter ready for mixing with an appropriate vehicle.

Definition of Pigment

1. Noun. (biology) Any color in plant or animal cells ¹

2. Noun. A dry colorant, usually an insoluble powder ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) To add color or pigment to something. ¹

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Definition of Pigment

1. to add a coloring matter to [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Pigment

1. 1. Any material from which a dye, a paint, or the like, may be prepared; particularly, the refined and purified colouring matter ready for mixing with an appropriate vehicle. 2. Any one of the coloured substances found in animal and vegetable tissues and fluids, as bilirubin, urobilin, chlorophyll, etc. 3. Wine flavored with species and honey. Pigment cell, a small cell containing colouring matter, as the pigmented epithelial cells of the choroid and iris, or the pigmented connective tissue cells in the skin of fishes, reptiles, etc. Origin: L. Pigmentum, fr. The root of pingere to paint: cf. F. Pigment. See Paint, and cf. Pimento, Orpiment. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Pigment

pigment (current term)
pigment cell
pigment cell of skin
pigment cells of iris
pigment cells of retina
pigment cirrhosis
pigment epitheliopathy
pigment epithelium
pigment epithelium of eye
pigment epithelium of optic retina
pigment induration of the lung
pigmentary cirrhosis
pigmentary glaucoma
pigmentary retinopathy

Literary usage of Pigment

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1911)
"ASCOLI (Policlinico, 1910) says that the pigment found in the spleens of individuals ... The pigment gives the spectrum and chemical reactions of hematin, ..."

2. Anatomy, Descriptive and Surgical by Henry Gray (1901)
"In various parts of the body pigment is found ; most frequently in epithelial cells and in the cells of connective tissue. ..."

3. The British Journal of Dermatology by British Association of Dermatology (1890)
"Dr. BLASCHKO (Berlin), said it is not true that the pigment remains fixed in the ... As to the absence of pigment in the horny layer, the pigment is readily ..."

4. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1918)
"In most animals the coloration is due to pigment-cells (see CHROMATOPHORES), which are more or less ramified, and which, under the stimulus of the ..."

5. The Auk: Quarterly Journal of Ornithology by American Ornithologists' Union, Nuttall Ornithological Club (1920)
"If each patch or center were to be slightly reduced, a series of five pigment spots on each side, and one on the crown would result, bounded by white ..."

6. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1900)
"(a) There is more variety in the degree of development of the pigment epithelium than ... An increase of pigment is an incident to the gradual diminution in ..."

7. A Text Book of Physiology by Michael Foster (1894)
"It is difficult to suppose that the sole function of this pigment is to absorb the ... And indeed it has been shewn that the pigment is sensitive to light ..."

8. A Text-book of General Bacteriology by Edwin Oakes Jordan (1918)
"The Production of pigment.—Host bacterial cells do not contain pigment, ... Great variation may occur in the amount and character of the pigment produced by ..."

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