acne

noun

ac·​ne ˈak-nē How to pronounce acne (audio)
: a disorder of the skin caused by inflammation of the skin glands and hair follicles
specifically : a form found chiefly in adolescents and marked by pimples especially on the face
acned adjective

Example Sentences

a teenager with bad acne
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Word History

Etymology

borrowed from New Latin acnē, acna, borrowed from Late Greek aknḗ "eruption on the face," manuscript variant of akmḗ, literally, "point" — more at acme

First Known Use

1743, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of acne was in 1743

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Cite this Entry

“Acne.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/acne. Accessed 8 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

acne

noun
ac·​ne ˈak-nē How to pronounce acne (audio)
: a disorder of the skin caused by inflammation of skin glands and hair follicles and marked by pimples especially on the face

Medical Definition

acne

noun
ac·​ne ˈak-nē How to pronounce acne (audio)
: a disorder of the skin caused by inflammation of the skin glands and hair follicles
specifically : a form found chiefly in adolescents and marked by pimples especially on the face
acned adjective

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