Comedo Definition

kŏmĭ-dō
comedones, comedo
noun
The primary lesion of acne vulgaris, consisting of a hair follicle that is occluded with sebum and keratin; a blackhead or whitehead.
American Heritage Medicine
A plug of dirt and fatty matter in a skin duct; blackhead.
Webster's New World
1964: Lying on, in, under her, I pore with squinnying eyes on a mole on that browngold rivercolour riverripple skin with its smell of sun, or else a tiny unsqueezed comedo by the flat and splaying nose. — Anthony Burgess, Nothing Like the Sun.
Wiktionary
Synonyms:
blackhead

Other Word Forms of Comedo

Noun

Singular:
comedo
Plural:
comedones

Origin of Comedo

  • Latin comedō glutton (from a comparison of the wormlike shape of the waxy material that can be squeezed from a blackhead to a worm believed to feed on the body) from comedere to eat up com- intensive pref. com– edere to eat ed- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin comedō (“glutton”).

    From Wiktionary

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