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

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Recent Examples on the Web Mammals have three types of sweat glands: apocrine, sebaceous and eccrine. Asher Y. Rosinger, Scientific American, 1 July 2021 Some studies suggest that consuming green tea and applying it to the skin may help to reduce sebum production—an oily material produced by your body's sebaceous glands that can cause clogged pores—and treat common types of acne. Serena Coady, Glamour, 10 Aug. 2021 One of the main challenges in treating adult acne is that adults often have drier skin on the surface even if the sebaceous glands underneath are pumping out excess pore-clogging oil, Dr. Zeichner explains. Beth Janes, Harper's BAZAAR, 20 July 2021 Your hair naturally creates oil, otherwise known as sebum, which comes from sebaceous glands in the skin of your scalp. Sha Ravine Spencer,, 5 July 2021 This time of year, the heat and humidity send sebaceous glands into overdrive, producing more sebum as result, which leads to undesired facial oiliness. Jennifer Ford, Forbes, 8 June 2021 Inhibiting sebaceous glands and resting allergic skin are all ideal candidates for this light. Meggen Taylor, Forbes, 20 May 2021 Just like the skin on your face, the sebaceous glands on your scalp produces oil as a protective barrier, and to keep the skin from drying out. Bella Cacciatore, Glamour, 28 Apr. 2021 Sebum is produced by the sebaceous glands, which naturally cover our bodies from tip to toe. Rebecca Dancer, Allure, 2 Apr. 2021

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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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23 Sep 2021

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“Sebaceous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of sebaceous

: producing an oily substance in the body


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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