sebaceous

adjective
se·​ba·​ceous | \ si-ˈbā-shəs How to pronounce sebaceous (audio) \

Definition of sebaceous

1 : secreting sebum sebaceous glands
2 : of, relating to, or being fatty material : fatty a sebaceous exudate

Examples of sebaceous in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Just like the skin on your face, your scalp contains sebaceous glands that produce oil (sebum). Emily Rekstis, SELF, "How to Exfoliate Your Scalp for Fuller, Healthier Hair," 10 July 2020 The others are sebum (the oil produced by sebaceous glands to keep the skin moist), which C. acnes uses as a food source; plugged-up hair follicles; and an inflammatory response. Martin Oeggerli, National Geographic, "How trillions of microbes affect every stage of our life—from birth to old age," 17 Dec. 2019 According to Healthline, your face contains the highest concentration of sebaceous glands. Emma Sarran Webster, Allure, "Why You Shouldn’t Use Body Moisturizer on Your Face, According to Experts," 27 Oct. 2019 Also known as cerumen, earwax is made from ceruminous glands that secrete wax and sebaceous glands that pump out oil. Korin Miller, SELF, "What to Do If You Have an Earwax Blockage," 29 Jan. 2019 Hormones: Androgen hormones overstimulate the sebaceous (oil) glands, which makes your body produce so much oil that it gets stuck in your pores and traps bacteria. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Everything You Need to Know To Get Rid of Cystic Acne for Good," 7 Nov. 2017 Hormones: Androgen hormones overstimulate the sebaceous (oil) glands, which makes your body produce so much oil that it gets stuck in your pores and traps bacteria. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Everything You Need to Know To Get Rid of Cystic Acne for Good," 7 Nov. 2017 The sebaceous glands are responsible for producing sebum, which is a cocktail of wax esters, triglycerides, and squalene, Dr. Stevenson says. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "What the Heck Is Squalane Oil and Why Is It Suddenly in All My Skin-Care Products?," 20 June 2019 Vernix is a sebaceous layer of cells that almost appear as a creamy white substance that covers a baby as it is delivered. Marci Robin, Allure, ""Newborn" Cream Claims to Give Adults Baby-Soft Skin With a Surprising Ingredient," 29 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of sebaceous

1728, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for sebaceous

Latin sebaceus made of tallow, from sebum tallow

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“Sebaceous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sebaceous. Accessed 23 Sep. 2020.

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sebaceous

adjective
How to pronounce sebaceous (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of sebaceous

biology : producing an oily substance in the body

sebaceous

adjective
se·​ba·​ceous | \ si-ˈbā-shəs How to pronounce sebaceous (audio) \

Medical Definition of sebaceous

1 : secreting sebum
2 : of, relating to, or being fatty material a sebaceous exudate

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