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[klawr-ak-nee, klohr-] /klɔrˈæk ni, kloʊr-/
noun, Pathology
a severe and sometimes persistent form of acne resulting from exposure to chlorine compounds, such as dioxin.
Origin of chloracne
1925-30; chlor(ine) + acne Unabridged
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Examples from the web for chloracne
  • chloracne was not manifested during the veteran's active duty service, within one year of last exposure to herbicide.
  • Certain chronic diseases, including chloracne, may be presumed to have been incurred during service if manifested.
  • Levels for the other two chloracne cases were similar to those in residents without chloracne.
  • chloracne usually appears within two to three weeks after the first exposure.
  • One effect is a severe skin disease called chloracne, which usually causes a form of acne on the face and upper body.
British Dictionary definitions for chloracne


a disfiguring skin disease that results from contact with or ingestion or inhalation of certain chlorinated aromatic hydrocarbons
Word Origin
C20: from chloro- + acne
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chloracne in Medicine

chloracne chlor·ac·ne (klôr-āk'nē)
An acnelike skin disorder caused by prolonged exposure to chlorinated hydrocarbons. Also called chlorine acne.

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