A condition in which the pigment is lost from areas of the skin, causing whitish patches, often with no clear cause. Also called leucoderma.
- For 15 years she has had symmetrical patches of vitiligo on her hands, elbows, hips, and neck.
- These patches are frequently confused with vitiligo or leucoderma, in which the patches are usually larger and have well defined convex borders, sometimes with a rim of hyper or increased pigmentation.
- Leucoderma or vitiligo is a common disease and affects almost three to four per cent of the population.
Late 16th century: from Latin, literally 'tetter'.
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