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Definition of «Birthmark»

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Birthmark: A persistent visible mark on the skin that is evident at birth or shortly thereafter. A birthmark is often due to a nevus (a mole) or an hemangioma (a localized collection of small blood vessels).

Birthmarks that are pink or red are commonly capillary hemangiomas -- collections of tiny blood vessels -- that are most evident when the baby cries. Common locations are on the midforehead, the eyelids, just above the nose, between the nose and the upper lip, and the so-called "stork bite" on the nape of the neck. These marks generally become harder to see or disappear entirely within a few years.

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  • birthmark: Definition from Answers.com

    Library > Literature & Language > Dictionary ( bûrth ' märk ' ) n. A mole or blemish present on the skin from birth; a nevus.

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