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Stigma (plural: stigmata) may refer to:

In biology:

  • Stigma (anatomy), a small spot, mark, scar, or minute hole
  • Stigma (botany), the part of a flower which takes in pollen
  • The eyespot apparatus of unicellular organisms, for example Euglena and Chlamydomonas
  • Astigmatism (eye) (stigma of the eye), difficulty in seeing clearly that is caused by a change in the inner shape of the eye

In discrimination:

  • Badge of shame, a mark of infamy or disgrace
  • Social stigma, a social disapproval of personal characteristics or beliefs that are against cultural norms, including:
    • Weight stigma, negative attitudes towards overweight/obese individuals

In literature:

  • Stigma (book), a 1963 book written by Erving Goffman
  • Stigma (manga), a Japanese manga story by Kazuya Minekura

In music:

  • Stigma (album), an album recorded by the band EMF in 1992
  • Vinnie Stigma, the long time guitarist of the bands Agnostic Front and Madball

In sociology:

  • Stigma (sociological theory), the phenomenon whereby an individual with an attribute, which is deeply discredited by his/her society, is rejected as a result of the attribute

In other fields:

  • A bodily mark, sore, or sensation of pain in locations corresponding to the crucifixion wounds of Jesus; see stigmata
  • "Stigma" (Enterprise episode), a second-season episode of Star Trek: Enterprise
  • Stigma (movie), a 1972 movie featuring Philip Michael Thomas
  • Stigma (letter), a ligature of the Greek letters sigma and tau
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