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sebum

 [se´bum]
the oily secretion of the sebaceous glands, whose ducts open into the hair follicles. It is composed of fat and epithelial debris from the cells of the malpighian layer, and it lubricates the skin.

se·bum

(sē'bŭm),
The secretion of the sebaceous glands.
[L. tallow]

sebum

/se·bum/ (se´bum) the oily secretion of the sebaceous glands, composed of fat and epithelial debris.

sebum

(sē′bəm)
n.
The semifluid secretion of the sebaceous glands, consisting chiefly of fat, keratin, and cellular material.

sebum

[sē′bəm]
Etymology: L, grease
the oily secretion of the sebaceous glands of the skin, composed of keratin, fat, and cellular debris. Combined with sweat, sebum forms a moist oily acidic film that is mildly antibacterial and antifungal and protects the skin against drying. sebaceous, adj.

se·bum

(sē'bŭm)
The secretion of the sebaceous glands.
[L. tallow]

sebum

The secretion of the SEBACEOUS GLANDS. Sebum is chemically complex and consists mainly of triacyl glycerols, wax esters and squalene. Blackheads (comedones) are plugs of sebum, the darkened tips being due to oxidation.

sebum

see SEBACEOUS GLAND.

Sebum

An oily skin moisturizer produced by sebaceous glands.
Mentioned in: Acne

sebum

oily secretion from sebaceous glands

sebum (sēˑ·bm),

n substance with an oily consistency produced by the sebaceous glands. It lubricates hair, is an antifungal/antibacterial, and imparts waterproofing properties to the skin.

sebum

the oily secretion of the sebaceous glands, whose ducts open into the hair follicles. It is composed of fat and epithelial debris from the cells of the malpighian layer, and it lubricates the skin. It is also secreted by the tarsal glands of the eyelids.
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The materials were immersed in sebum for 14 days at room temperature.
They indirectly reduce the number of bacteriae by decreasing the amount of sebum.
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Glands in your skin produce an oil called sebum; when you go through puberty, you produce more sebum, which can build up in pores.
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In some people the skin cells are not shed properly, which along with sebum and other proteins in the skin collect in the pores.
Sebum (the fancy name for skin oil) is meant to travel up along the hair shaft and exit onto the surface of the skin.
Melvita sebum balancing fluid pounds 16 is bursting with natural ingredients.