a small, whitish nodule of the skin, somewhat like a millet seed, resulting from retention of the secretion of a sebaceous gland
Origin of miliumModern Latin from L: see millet
A small white or yellowish cystic mass filled with keratin that is just below the epidermis, most commonly on the eyelids or nose, or on the roof of the mouth. Also called whitehead .
Origin of miliumMiddle English millet from Latin; see melə- in Indo-European roots.