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[mil-ee-uh m] /ˈmɪl i əm/
noun, plural milia
[mil-ee-uh] /ˈmɪl i ə/ (Show IPA).
a small white or yellowish nodule resembling a millet seed, produced in the skin by the retention of sebaceous secretion.
Origin of milium
1350-1400; Middle English mylium < New Latin, Latin: millet Unabridged
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noun (pl) -ia (-ɪə)
(pathol) a small whitish nodule on the skin, usually resulting from a clogged sebaceous gland
Word Origin
C19: from Latin: millet
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milium in Medicine

milium mil·i·um (mĭl'ē-əm)
n. pl. mil·i·a (-ē-ə)
A small, white or yellowish cystlike mass just below the surface of the skin, caused by retention of the secretion of a sebaceous gland. Also called pearly tubercle, whitehead.

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