- a thickened secretion plugging a duct of the skin, especially of a sebaceous gland; blackhead.
Origin of comedo
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Interspersed may generally be seen blackheads, or comedones.Essentials of Diseases of the Skin
Henry Weightman Stelwagon
- pathol the technical name for blackhead
C19: from New Latin, from Latin: glutton, from comedere to eat up, from com- (intensive) + edere to eat
Word Origin and History for comedones
"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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A blackhead and the primary lesion of acne vulgaris.