a common, chronic skin disease, esp. among adolescents and young adults, characterized by inflammation of the sebaceous apparatus, usually causing pimples on the face, back, and chest
Origin of acneModern Latin ; from Classical Greek aknas, misreading of akmas, accusative plural of akmē, facial eruption, point: see acme
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.
Origin of acneNew Latin, probably from misreading of Greek akmē, point, facial eruption; see acme.
- (pathology) A skin condition, usually of the face, that is common in adolescents. It is characterised by red pimples, and is caused by the inflammation of sebaceous glands through bacterial infection.
- A pattern of blemishes in an area of skin resulting from the skin condition.
New Latin, probably a corruption of Ancient Greek ἀκμή (akmē, “point, top”).