stigma: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (stig'mu), [key]
— pl. stig•ma•ta stig•mas.
- a mark of disgrace or infamy; a stain or reproach, as on one's reputation.
- the stigmata of leprosy.
- a mental or physical mark that is characteristic of a defect or disease:the stigmata of leprosy.
- a place or point on the skin that bleeds during certain mental states, as in hysteria.
- a small mark, spot, or pore on an animal or organ.
- the eyespot of a protozoan.
- an entrance into the respiratory system of insects.
- the part of a pistil that receives the pollen. See diag. under
- marks resembling the wounds of the crucified body of Christ, said to be supernaturally impressed on the bodies of certain persons, esp. nuns, tertiaries, and monastics.
- a mark made by a branding iron on the skin of a criminal or slave.
- stigma (Thesaurus)