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acne

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Pronunciation: /ˈakni
 
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Definition of acne in English:

noun

[mass noun]
A skin condition characterized by red pimples on the skin, especially on the face, due to inflamed or infected sebaceous glands and prevalent chiefly among adolescents: he was clean-shaven with a face that had been ravaged by acne when younger
More example sentences
  • In fact, androgen levels do not correlate with acne severity among people with acne.
  • I have never really suffered from acne, but the skin in these areas is covered in blackheads.
  • Anabolic steroids, sometimes used by body-builders, can cause acne as a side-effect.

Origin

mid 19th century: via modern Latin from Greek aknas, a misreading of akmas, accusative plural of akmē 'highest point, peak, or facial eruption'; compare with acme.

Derivatives

acned

1
adjective
Example sentences
  • I was paired up with the short, pudgy, acned boy I had stood next to, and Miss Johnson demonstrated the main steps before starting us off.
  • One of those clever but acned young men at Central Office has worked out that, after abolishing verbs, the Prime Minister won two landslide election victories.
  • The barman, acned and sneaking drinks behind the bar, watches.

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