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whitehead

 [hwīt´hed]
1. a comedo whose opening is not widely dilated, appearing as a small, flesh-colored papule; because the keratin and sebum produced cannot escape, it may rupture and cause an inflammatory lesion in the dermis. See also acne vulgaris. Called also closed comedo.
2. popular name for milium.

mil·i·um

, pl.

mil·i·a

(mil'ē-ŭm, -ē-ă),
A tiny subepidermal keratinous cyst, usually multiple and therefore commonly referred to in the plural. Milium may be primary (developmental), occurring predominantly on the face in infants and adults, or retention cysts secondary to causes of scarring or subepidermal blisters involving adnexal epithelium.
Synonym(s): whitehead (1)
[L. millet]

milium

(mĭl′ē-əm)
n. pl. mil·ia (-ē-ə)
A small white or yellowish cystic mass filled with keratin that is just below the epidermis, most commonly on the eyelids or nose, or on the roof of the mouth. Also called whitehead.

milium

One of multiple, small subepithelial keratin cysts arising in eccrine sweat ducts, often on the face, which present from infancy onwards.

milium

Whitehead Dermatology One of multiple, small subepithelial keratin cysts arising in eccrine sweat ducts, often on the face, present from infancy onwards, especially in young ♀ after sunbathing

mil·i·um

, pl. milia (mil'ē-ŭm, -ă)
A small subepidermal keratin cyst, usually multiple and therefore commonly referred to in the plural.
Synonym(s): whitehead (1) .
[L. millet]