Variant of stigma
- Archaic a distinguishing mark burned or cut into the flesh, as of a slave or criminal
- something that detracts from the character or reputation of a person, group, etc.; mark of disgrace or reproach
- a mark, sign, etc. indicating that something is not considered normal or standard
- a small mark, scar, opening, etc. on the surface of a plant or animal, as a pore or eyespot, etc.
- a spot on the skin, esp. one that bleeds as the result of certain nervous tensions
- marks resembling the crucifixion wounds of Jesus, appearing on some devout persons in a state of intense religious fervor
- Bot. the free upper tip of the style of a flower, on which pollen falls and develops
- Med. any sign characteristic of a specific disease
- Zool. spiracle (sense )
Origin: L < Gr, lit., a prick with a pointed instrument < stizein, to prick: for IE base see stick
- stigmal adjective
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