sebaceous

adjective

se·​ba·​ceous si-ˈbā-shəs How to pronounce sebaceous (audio)
1
: secreting sebum
sebaceous glands
2
: of, relating to, or being fatty material : fatty
a sebaceous exudate

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Isotretinoin is, in simplest terms, a derivative of vitamin A that effectively shuts down the sebaceous (a.k.a. oil) glands in skin. Gabby Shacknai, Harper's BAZAAR, 25 Aug. 2022 The nose strip was equally effective, and removed many sebaceous filaments after only 10 minutes. Madison Yauger, PEOPLE.com, 22 July 2022 Both strips lifted sebaceous material from her skin, and were easily removed without redness or irritation. Madison Yauger, PEOPLE.com, 22 July 2022 By selectively targeting and suppressing the sebaceous glands, which produce the sebum (the oily substance on the skin) that can cause and intensify breakouts. Taylore Glynn, Allure, 28 June 2022 When your body and mind experience stress, levels of the hormone cortisol increase, which stimulates the skin’s sebaceous glands to produce more oil. Stacey Colino, Washington Post, 21 June 2022 Other notable ingredients included in the body treatment peel include the retinol alternative bakuchiol and squalane, which is naturally produced in the skin's sebaceous (oil) glands to help keep skin moisturized during the cell turnover process. Talia Gutierrez, Allure, 17 June 2022 Squalane is a natural substance that your skin’s sebaceous glands produce to improve oil production. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 26 May 2022 Men also produce more oil in their sebaceous glands, and the skin may need extra help with oil control. The Salt Lake Tribune, 24 May 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Latin sebaceus made of tallow, from sebum tallow

First Known Use

1728, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of sebaceous was in 1728

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Cite this Entry

“Sebaceous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sebaceous. Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

Medical Definition

sebaceous

adjective

se·​ba·​ceous si-ˈbā-shəs How to pronounce sebaceous (audio)
1
: secreting sebum
2
: of, relating to, or being fatty material
a sebaceous exudate

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