Sebaceous Se*ba"ceous, a. [NL. sebaceus, from L. sebum tallow, grease.] (Physiol.) Pertaining to, or secreting, fat; composed of fat; having the appearance of fat; as, the sebaceous secretions of some plants, or the sebaceous humor of animals. [1913 Webster]

{Sebaceous cyst} (Med.), a cyst formed by distention of a sebaceous gland, due to obstruction of its excretory duct.

{Sebaceous glands} (Anat.), small subcutaneous glands, usually connected with hair follicles. They secrete an oily semifluid matter, composed in great part of fat, which softens and lubricates the hair and skin. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • sebaceous — ► ADJECTIVE technical 1) relating to oil or fat. 2) relating to a sebaceous gland or its secretion. ORIGIN Latin sebaceus, from sebum tallow …   English terms dictionary

  • sebaceous — (adj.) 1728, from L. sebaceus, from sebum tallow, grease (see SEBUM (Cf. sebum)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • sebaceous — [sə bā′shəs] adj. [L sebaceus < sebum, tallow: see SOAP] of or like fat, tallow, or sebum; esp., designating certain skin glands that secrete sebum: see SKIN …   English World dictionary

  • sebaceous — adjective Etymology: Latin sebaceus made of tallow, from sebum tallow Date: 1728 1. secreting sebum < sebaceous glands > 2. of, relating to, or being fatty material ; fatty < a sebaceous exudate > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • sebaceous —   a. fatty; greasy; secreting oily substance.    ♦ seborrhagia,    ♦ seborrhoea, n. excessive secretion of sebaceous glands.    ♦ sebum, n. fatty substance secreted by sebaceous glands …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • sebaceous — Relating to sebum; oily; fatty. SYN: sebaceus. [L. sebaceus] * * * se·ba·ceous si bā shəs adj 1) secreting sebum 2) of, relating to, or being fatty material <a sebaceous exudate> * * * se·ba·ceous (sə baґshəs) [L. sebaceus] 1.… …   Medical dictionary

  • sebaceous — se|ba|ceous [səˈbeıʃəs] adj technical [Date: 1700 1800; : Latin; Origin: sebaceus, from sebum; SEBUM] relating to a part of the body that produces oil ▪ sebaceous glands …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • sebaceous — [sɪ beɪʃəs] adjective technical relating to oil or fat. ↘relating to a sebaceous gland or its secretion. Origin C18: from L. sebaceus (from sebum tallow ) + ous …   English new terms dictionary

  • sebaceous — adj. fatty; of or relating to tallow or fat. Phrases and idioms: sebaceous gland (or follicle or duct) a gland etc. secreting or conveying oily matter to lubricate the skin and hair. Etymology: L sebaceus f. sebum tallow …   Useful english dictionary

  • sebaceous — adj. [L. sebaceus, tallow] Pertaining to secretion, or composed of oily or fatty substances …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

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