Definition of blackhead
1 : a small plug of darkened sebum and dead skin cells that fills a pore of the skin especially on the face —called also comedo, open comedo — compare whitehead
2 : a destructive disease of turkeys and related birds caused by a protozoan (Histomonas meleagridis) that invades the intestinal ceca and liver
3 : a larval clam or mussel attached to the skin or gills of a freshwater fish
Recent Examples of blackhead from the Web
All of its videos are magnified (as in super zoomed-in) clips of blackheads (and sometimes ingrown hairs) being slowly extracted out of enlarged pores with a pair of very pointy metal tweezers.
The curved parts gently press down on the sides of the blackhead.
The feeling of watching is sensual, if not erotic—akin to the pleasure of extracting a blackhead, or plunging your hand into a tub of uncooked rice.
Maldonado claims that using an eyebrow razor will help get rid of blackheads and other build-up on your nose, which often causes the common problem of your makeup foundation to cake on your face.
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First Known Use of blackhead
BLACKHEAD Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of blackhead for English Language Learners
: a small, inflamed area on the skin with a dark spot in the middle
BLACKHEAD Defined for Kids
Definition of blackhead for Students
: a darkened bit of oily material blocking a pore in the skin
Medical Definition of blackhead
1: a small plug of sebum blocking the duct of a sebaceous gland especially on the face—compare milium
2: a destructive disease of turkeys and related birds caused by a protozoan of the genus Histomonas (H. meleagridis) that invades the intestinal ceca and liver—called also enterohepatitis, histomoniasis, infectious enterohepatitis
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