Origin of acneModern Latin from Classical Greek aknas, misreading of akmas, accusative plural of akm?, facial eruption, point: see acme
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”).