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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A small, white or yellowish cystlike mass just below the surface of the skin, caused by retention of the secretion of a sebaceous gland. Also called whitehead.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of grasses of the tribe Agrostideæ and the subtribe Stipeæ, characterized by an ovoid glume, rigid or hardened about the caryopsis, and an awn-less flowering glume.
  • n. [lowercase] In pathology, an affection of the sebaceous glands, caused by retention of their secretion in the form of pearly or yellowish-white little globular bodies embedded in the skin and projecting slightly above its surface.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a small whitish lump in the skin due to a clogged sebaceous gland

Etymologies

Middle English, millet, from Latin; see melə- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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  • "In pathology, an affection of the sebaceous glands, caused by retention of their secretion in the form of pearly or yellowish-white little globular bodies embedded in the skin and projecting slightly above its surface."

    - From the Century Dictionary

    July 19, 2010