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A harmless cyst, especially on the scalp or face, containing the fatty secretion of a sebaceous gland.
[Middle English, from Old English; see wen-2 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
Variant of wynn.
1. (Pathology) pathol a sebaceous cyst, esp one occurring on the scalp
2. (Human Geography) a large overcrowded city (esp London in the phrase the great wen)
[Old English wenn; related to Danish dialect van, væne, Dutch wenn]
(Letters of the Alphabet (Foreign)) a rune having the sound of Modern English w
[Old English wen, wyn]
a benign encysted tumor of the skin, esp. on the scalp, containing sebaceous matter.
[before 1000; Middle English, Old English wenn; c. Dutch wen]
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|Noun||1.||wen - a common cyst of the skin; filled with fatty matter (sebum) that is secreted by a sebaceous gland that has been blocked|
chalazion, Meibomian cyst - a small sebaceous cyst of the eyelid resulting when a Meibomian gland is blocked
cyst - a closed sac that develops abnormally in some body structure