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 akm&emacron;, 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”).