acne

noun
ac·​ne | \ ˈak-nē How to pronounce acne (audio) \

Definition of acne

: a disorder of the skin caused by inflammation of the skin glands and hair follicles specifically : a form found chiefly in adolescents and marked by pimples especially on the face

Other Words from acne

acned \ ˈak-​nēd How to pronounce acne (audio) \ adjective

Examples of acne in a Sentence

a teenager with bad acne
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First Known Use of acne

1743, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for acne

borrowed from New Latin acnē, acna, borrowed from Late Greek aknḗ "eruption on the face," manuscript variant of akmḗ, literally, "point" — more at acme

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23 Nov 2021

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“Acne.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/acne. Accessed 29 Nov. 2021.

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More Definitions for acne

acne

noun

English Language Learners Definition of acne

: a condition in which the skin on a person's face, neck, etc., has many small, swollen spots (called pimples)

acne

noun
ac·​ne | \ ˈak-nē How to pronounce acne (audio) \

Kids Definition of acne

: a skin condition in which pimples and blackheads are present

acne

noun
ac·​ne | \ ˈak-nē How to pronounce acne (audio) \

Medical Definition of acne

: a disorder of the skin caused by inflammation of the skin glands and hair follicles specifically : a form found chiefly in adolescents and marked by pimples especially on the face

Other Words from acne

acned \ -​nēd How to pronounce acne (audio) \ adjective

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