Definition of lentigo in English:


Pronunciation /lenˈtīɡō/ /lɛnˈtaɪɡoʊ/

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  • 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. 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’.