acne-vulgaris

acne

[ak-nee]
noun Pathology.
an inflammatory disease of the sebaceous glands, characterized by comedones and pimples, especially on the face, back, and chest, and, in severe cases, by cysts and nodules resulting in scarring.
Also called acne vulgaris [vuhl-gair-is, -gar-] .
Compare rosacea.


Origin:
1820–30; < Neo-Latin < Late Greek aknás, a manuscript error for akmás, accusative plural of akmḗ facial eruption, probably to be identified with Greek akmḗ acme

acned, adjective

acme, acne.
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acne (ˈæknɪ)
 
n
See also rosacea Also called: acne vulgaris a chronic skin disease common in adolescence, involving inflammation of the sebaceous glands and characterized by pustules on the face, neck, and upper trunk
 
[C19: New Latin, from a misreading of Greek akmē eruption on the face. See acme]

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acne
1835, from Mod.L., from aknas, a 6c. L. misreading of Gk. akmas, acc. pl. of akme "point" (see acme). The "pointed" pimples are the source of the medical use.
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acne ac·ne (āk'nē)
n.
An inflammatory disease of the sebaceous glands and hair follicles of the skin that is marked by the eruption of pimples or pustules, especially on the face.


ac'ned adj.
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acne   (āk'nē)  Pronunciation Key 
An inflammatory disease of the skin in which the sebaceous glands become clogged and infected, often causing the formation of pimples, especially on the face. It is most common during adolescence, but also occurs in infants and adults.
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