1A small, clearly defined patch of skin that is darker than the surrounding skin as a result of an increased number of pigment cells. Lentigines are generally darker than freckles, do not fade, and become more frequent with age.
- ‘a biopsy of the lentigo revealed an increased number of melanocytes’
- 1.1The condition of having lentigines on the skin.
- ‘several members of the family are known to have lentigo’
Late Middle English (denoting a freckle or pimple): from Latin, from lens, lent- ‘lentil’.