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Definition of Melasma

Melasma: Pigmentation of the cheeks of the face (malar area). When it occurs during pregnancy it is referred to as chloasma or the mask of pregnancy. Melasma darkens with sun exposure.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 3/19/2012

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