Why “acne” comes from a mistake, and what do doctors call “pimples”?A recent report about acne and depression inspired an exploration of the words associated with the inflammatory affliction. What is the medical name for acne? And how did the slang word “pimple” come about? Acne is a shortening of the medical term acne vulgaris, a chronic skin condition of the sebaceous glands that is common in adolescence. The symptoms: an outbreak of pimples and comedones. The …
- impetigo herpetiformis,
- impetigo neonatorum,
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