acne

[ak-nee]
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noun Pathology.
  1. an inflammatory disease of the sebaceous glands, characterized by comedones and pimples, especially on the face, back, and chest, and, in severe cases, by cysts and nodules resulting in scarring.
Compare rosacea.

Origin of acne

1820–30; < New Latin < Late Greek aknás, a manuscript error for akmás, accusative plural of akmḗ facial eruption, probably to be identified with Greek akmḗ acme
Also called ac·ne vul·ga·ris [vuhl-gair-is, -gar-] /vʌlˈgɛər ɪs, -ˈgær-/.
Related formsac·ned, adjective
Can be confusedacme acne
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blackheads, rosacea, whiteheads, pustules

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British Dictionary definitions for acne

acne

noun
  1. Also called: acne vulgaris a chronic skin disease common in adolescence, involving inflammation of the sebaceous glands and characterized by pustules on the face, neck, and upper trunkSee also rosacea

Word Origin for acne

C19: New Latin, from a misreading of Greek akmē eruption on the face. See acme
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Word Origin and History for acne
n.

1813, from Modern Latin, from aknas, a 6c. Latin clerical misreading of Greek akmas, accusative plural of akme "point" (see acme). The "pointed" pimples are the source of the medical use.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

acne in Medicine

acne

[ăknē]
n.
  1. An inflammatory disease of the sebaceous glands and hair follicles of the skin that is marked by the eruption of pimples or pustules, especially on the face.
Related formsacned adj.
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acne in Science

acne

[ăknē]
  1. An inflammatory disease of the skin in which the sebaceous glands become clogged and infected, often causing the formation of pimples, especially on the face. It is most common during adolescence, but also occurs in infants and adults.
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