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sebum

[see-buh m] /ˈsi bəm/
noun, Physiology
1.
the fatty secretion of the sebaceous glands.
Origin
1700-1710
1700-10; < Latin sēbum tallow, grease
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  • When the skin produces excessive sebum, it becomes heavy and thick in texture.
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sebum

/ˈsiːbəm/
noun
1.
the oily secretion of the sebaceous glands that acts as a lubricant for the hair and skin and provides some protection against bacteria
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin, from Latin: tallow
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Word Origin and History for sebum
n.

secretion of the sebaceous glands, 1728, from medical use of Latin sebum "sebum, suet, grease," probably related to sapo "soap" (see soap (n.)).

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sebum in Medicine

sebum se·bum (sē'bəm)
n.
The semifluid secretion of the sebaceous glands, consisting chiefly of fat, keratin, and cellular material.

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sebum in Science
sebum
  (sē'bəm)   
The fatty substance secreted by the sebaceous glands of mammals that protects and lubricates the skin and hair.
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