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, 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, 19 Oct. 2017 While milia do indeed look like whiteheads, that's where most of the comparisons come to a halt. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, 19 Oct. 2017 Those are caused by cell overgrowth from the sweat glands — and not milia, like originally expected. Amanda Chan, Teen Vogue, 8 Oct. 2017 In older children and adults, milia can clear within a few months. Meredith Cohn,, 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,, 4 May 2017 See More

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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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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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