Definitions of acne

  1. an inflammatory disease involving the sebaceous glands of the skin; characterized by papules or pustules or comedones Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. A pustular affection of the skin, due to changes in the sebaceous glands. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. A chronic disorder of the pilosebaceous apparatus associated with an increase in sebum secretion. It is characterized by open comedones (blackheads), closed comedones (whiteheads), and pustular nodules. The cause is unknown, but heredity and age are predisposing factors. Medical Dictionary DB
  4. A papular eruption due to inflammation, with accumulation of secretion, of the sebaceous glands. A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  5. A pustular affection of the sebaceous glands and surrounding tissue. Warner's pocket medical dictionary of today. By William R. Warner. Published 1898.
  6. A small pimple on the face. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  7. A small hard pimple, chiefly affecting the forehead. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  8. ACNE, a skin eruption produced by inflammation of the sebaceous glands and hair follicles, the essential point in the disease being the plugging of the mouths of the sebaceous follicles by a comedo, familiarly known as blackhead. It is now generally acknowledged that the cause of this disease is the organism known as bacillus acnes. It shows itself in the form of red pimples or papules, which may become pustular and be attended with considerable surrounding irritation of the skin. This affection is likewise most common in early adult life, and occurs on the chest and back as well as on the face, where it may, when of much extent, produce considerable disfigurement. It is apt to persist for months or even years, but usually in time disappears entirely, although slight traces may remain in the form of scars or stains upon the skin. Eruptions of this kind are sometimes produced by the continued internal use of certain drugs, such as the iodide or bromide of potassium. In treating this condition the face should first of all be held over steaming water for several minutes, and then thoroughly bathed. The blackheads should next be removed, not with the finger-nail, but with an inexpensive little instrument known as the comedo expressor. When the more noticeable of the blackheads have been expressed, the face should be firmly rubbed for three or four minutes with a lather made from a special soap composed of sulphur, camphor and balsam of Peru. Any lather remaining on the face at the end of this time should be wiped off with a soft handkerchief. As this treatment might give rise to some irritation of the skin, it should be replaced every fourth night by a simple application of cold cream. Of drugs used internally sulphate of calcium, in pill, 1/6 grain three times a day, is a very useful adjunct to the preceding. The patient should take plenty of exercise in the fresh air, a very simple but nourishing diet, and, if present, constipation and anaemia must be suitably treated.Rosacea, popularly known as acne rosacea, is a more severe and troublesome disorder, a true dermatitis with no relation to the foregoing, and in most cases secondary to seborrhea of the scalp. It is characterized by great redness of the nose and cheeks, accompanied by pustular enlargements on the surface of the skin, which produce marked disfigurement. Although often seen in persons who live too freely, it is by no means confined to such, but may arise in connexion with disturbances of the general health, especially of the function of digestion, and in females with menstrual disorders. It is apt to be exceedingly intractable to treatment, which is here too, as in the preceding form, partly local and partly constitutional. Of internal remedies preparations of iodine and of arsenic are sometimes found of service. en.wikisource.org
  9. Inflammation of the sebaceous glands that are associated with hair follicles, leading to visible comedones and pimples, especially on the face, back, and chest. dictgcide_fs
  10. ak'n[=e], n. a common skin disease, an inflammation of the sebaceous follicles of the skin, often occurring on the nose. [A corr. of Gr. akm[=e], a point.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  11. A small pimple or tubercle on the face.-Gorraeus. Foesius thinks the word ought to be Acme; and, according to Cassius, it is, at all events, derived from 'vigour;' the disease affecting those in the vigour of life especially. Willan and Bateman have adopted the term in their Nosology of cutaneous diseases, and placed it in the order TUBERCULA. Acne, with them, is an eruption of distinct, hard, inflamed tubercles, sometimes continuing for a considerable length of time, and sometimes suppurating slowly and partially. They usually appear on the forehead, temples, and chin, and are common to both sexes; but the most severe foi^ns are seen in young men. They require but little management, and consist of four varieties: See Gutta Rosea. Medical Lexicon. A Dictionary of Medical Science
  12. Acne-a. Molluscoide, Molluscum. Medical Lexicon. A Dictionary of Medical Science
  13. [Latin] An inflammatory affection, usually chronic and disseminated, of the sebaceous glands. In common a. (also called A. disseminata, A. vulgaris) the inflamed glands may form papules (A. papulosa, or, if the papule surrounds a comedo so as to have a black center, A. punctata), pustules (A. pustulosa), or nodules due to enlargement of the glands with hypertrophy of the skin (A. hyperplastica). The subcutaneous tissue at the base of the pustule may be in a state of chronic induration (A. indurata). The indolent, usually dark-colored variety found in broken-down subjects is A. cachecticorum (A. scrofulosorum). na
  14. Pimple; disease marked by pimples. Concise Oxford Dictionary
  15. Any inflammatory disease of the sebaceous glands. American pocket medical dictionary.
  16. An inflammation of the sebaceous follicles or of the tissue around them. Its usual form is acne vulgaris and the term acne generally signifies this affection. It is characterized by an eruption of inflammatory lesions, varying in types from papules to pustules, involving the sebaceous follicles and in nearly all cases associated with comedones. The ordinary "bad complexion" is acne. Appleton's medical dictionary.

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