- the fatty secretion of the sebaceous glands.
Origin of sebum
First recorded in 1700–10, sebum is from the Latin word sēbum tallow, grease
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- the oily secretion of the sebaceous glands that acts as a lubricant for the hair and skin and provides some protection against bacteria
C19: from New Latin, from Latin: tallow
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Word Origin and History for sebum
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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- The semifluid secretion of the sebaceous glands, consisting chiefly of fat, keratin, and cellular material.
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- The fatty substance secreted by the sebaceous glands of mammals that protects and lubricates the skin and hair.
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