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MFA Acc. #: 05.122


A change in color of a material. Discoloration may be due exposure to chemicals, light, or time. Examples of discoloration include soiling, staining, darkening, yellowing, bleaching, or fading.

Synonyms and Related Terms

discolouration; fading; yellowing; color loss; staining; darkening; bleaching

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Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • A Glossary of Paper Conservation Terms, Margaret Ellis (ed.), Conservation Center of the Institute of Fine Arts, New York City, 1998

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