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n. pl. mil·i·a (-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.

[Middle English, millet, from Latin; see melə- in Indo-European roots.]


n, pl -ia (-ɪə)
(Pathology) pathol a small whitish nodule on the skin, usually resulting from a clogged sebaceous gland
[C19: from Latin: millet]


(ˈmɪl i əm)

n., pl. mil•i•a (ˈmɪl i ə)
a small white or yellowish nodule resembling a millet seed, produced in the skin by the retention of sebaceous secretion.
[1350–1400; < New Latin, Latin: millet]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.milium - a small whitish lump in the skin due to a clogged sebaceous glandmilium - a small whitish lump in the skin due to a clogged sebaceous gland
blemish, mar, defect - a mark or flaw that spoils the appearance of something (especially on a person's body); "a facial blemish"
cutis, skin, tegument - a natural protective body covering and site of the sense of touch; "your skin is the largest organ of your body"
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First stop is Milium effusum 'Aureum', otherwise known as Bowles' golden grass.
Dupre A, Carrere 5, Bonafe JL: Syringomes eruptifs generalises, grains de milium et atrophodermie vermiculee: Syndrome de Nicolau et Balus.
Houttuynia cordata; Milium effusum `Aureum'; Heuchera `Chocolate Ruffles'; Erica gracilis.