Definition of


  1. (noun, state) an inflammatory disease involving the sebaceous glands of the skin; characterized by papules or pustules or comedones

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Origin of the word Acne

  1. 1835, from Mod.L., from aknas, a 6c. L. misreading of Gk. akmas, acc. pl. of akme "point" (see acme). The "pointed" pimples are the source of the medical use. more

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