- a thickened secretion plugging a duct of the skin, especially of a sebaceous gland; blackhead.
Origin of comedo
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- pathol the technical name for blackhead
C19: from New Latin, from Latin: glutton, from comedere to eat up, from com- (intensive) + edere to eat
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Word Origin and History for comedo
"blackhead," etc., 1866, from Latin comedo "glutton," from comedere "to eat up" (see comestible). A name formerly given to worms that devour the body; transferred in medical use to secretions that resemble them.
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- A blackhead and the primary lesion of acne vulgaris.
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