milium

noun
mil·​i·​um | \ ˈmi-lē-əm How to pronounce milium (audio) \
plural milia\ ˈmi-​lē-​ə How to pronounce milium (audio) \

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Recent Examples on the Web To be clear, milia aren't dangerous or harmful, but some people might choose to get rid of them. Amanda Chan, Teen Vogue, "Milia: What They Are, and How to Remove Them," 8 Oct. 2017 The good doctor uses a needle or small scalpel to create an opening in each milium, followed by tweezers to squeeze each one out — but that's not always enough. Marci Robin, Good Housekeeping, "Watch Dr. Pimple Popper Remove SO MANY Milia From This Patient's Eyelids," 19 Oct. 2017 While milia do indeed look like whiteheads, that's where most of the comparisons come to a halt. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Milia: What Are They and How Do You Get Rid of Them," 19 Oct. 2017 Those are caused by cell overgrowth from the sweat glands — and not milia, like originally expected. Amanda Chan, Teen Vogue, "Milia: What They Are, and How to Remove Them," 8 Oct. 2017 In older children and adults, milia can clear within a few months. Meredith Cohn, baltimoresun.com, "Milia are white bumps, not acne, and should be treated differently," 4 May 2017 In older children and adults, milia are typically associated with skin damage, including blistering, burns, skin resurfacing procedures, long-term use of steroidal creams/ointments and long-term sun damage. Meredith Cohn, baltimoresun.com, "Milia are white bumps, not acne, and should be treated differently," 4 May 2017

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First Known Use of milium

1807, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for milium

New Latin, from Latin, millet — more at millet

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The first known use of milium was in 1807

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“Milium.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/milium. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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milium

noun
mil·​i·​um | \ ˈmil-ē-əm How to pronounce milium (audio) \
plural milia\ -​ē-​ə How to pronounce milium (audio) \

Medical Definition of milium

: a small pearly firm noninflammatory elevation of the skin (as of the face) due to retention of keratin in an oil gland duct blocked by a thin layer of epithelium

called also whitehead

— compare blackhead sense 1

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