Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
n. 1 (context pathology English) A skin condition, usually of the face, that is common in adolescents. It is characterised by red pimples, and is caused by the inflammation of sebaceous glands through bacterial infection. 2 A pattern of blemishes in an area of skin resulting from the skin condition.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
1813, from Modern Latin, from aknas, a 6c. Latin clerical misreading of Greek akmas, accusative plural of akme "point" (see acme). The "pointed" pimples are the source of the medical use.
Acne is a general term used for acneiform eruptions. It is usually used as a synonym for acne vulgaris, but may also refer to:
n. an inflammatory disease involving the sebaceous glands of the skin; characterized by papules or pustules or comedones
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Acne \Ac"ne\, n. [NL., prob. a corruption of Gr. ?] (Med.) A pustular affection of the skin, due to changes in the sebaceous glands.
Usage examples of "acne".
Lots and lots of pits and craters in his cheeks, from terrible acne when he was young.
A little mouth, a delicate little nose, and a face pitted and scarred by the acne of his youth.
There were deep circles under his eyes, his skin was red and swollen from the acne that ran across it.
Scarlet clusters of acne stood out on his cheeks, and his glasses, retro Buddy Holly, were smudged at the corners where he was fiddling with them.
His complexion was marred by angry purple and red acne and his eyes were very pale blue.
His face was flushed now, the acne purple and shiny as buttons on his chin and cheeks.
If they are allowed to remain, they will produce an irritation of the skin causing an inflammatory disease known as acne, or stone-pock.
In the earliest stage of congestion, acne is characterized by minute hardened elevations of the skin, as shown in Plate II, Fig.
His face must have been a battleground once and the war on acne left its scars pockmarked all over.
In all her years, Cutler had never seen such a bad case of acne as Novakovich had.
If I could only raise my head from the pillow, metaphorically I must take off my woolly hat to whatever acned racist geck superhacker was using the stolen computer, and what software he must have written in anticipation.
Ryan had once come across a crude book that dealt with the range of disorders that ravaged scabbies: dermoid cysts, rodent ulcers, keloids, lipomata, epitheliomata, acne, psoriasis and all manner of unnamed rashes.
Faced with the trauma of an acne outburst, or with the heartbreak of psoriasis, I must learn not to bother with searching out deep structures and root causes.
I missed the kids, even the slumpy, acned, socially inept high school kids.
In pimply acne of the skin, to touch each papula with some of the Compound Spirit of Horse Radish now and again will soon effect a general cure of the ailment.