sebum

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See also: sébum

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin sebum (tallow, grease; suet).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈsibm̩/
  • Hyphenation: se‧bum

Noun[edit]

sebum (countable and uncountable, plural sebums or seba)

  1. (physiology) A thick oily substance, secreted by the sebaceous glands of the skin, that consists of fat, keratin and cellular debris.
    • 2000, Zadie Smith, White Teeth, Penguin Books (2001), page 452:
      ‘I mean, it is not simply adolescent acne caused by the over-excretion of sebum.’

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Latin[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Indo-European *seyb- (to pour out), whence also (through Proto-Germanic) sāpō.

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Noun[edit]

sēbum n (genitive sēbī); second declension

  1. tallow, grease
  2. suet
  3. hard animal fat

Declension[edit]

Second-declension noun (neuter).

Case Singular Plural
Nominative sēbum sēba
Genitive sēbī sēbōrum
Dative sēbō sēbīs
Accusative sēbum sēba
Ablative sēbō sēbīs
Vocative sēbum sēba

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Descendants[edit]

  • Aromanian: seu
  • Catalan: sèu
  • English: sebum, suet
  • Old Francoprovençal: sieu
    • Franco-Provençal: sieu
  • Old French: seu, seuf
  • French: sébum
  • Friulian: sêf
  • Galician: sebo
  • Italian: sebo, sego, sevo

References[edit]

  • sebum in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • sebum in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • sebum in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré Latin-Français, Hachette

Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French sébum, from Latin sebum.

Noun[edit]

sebum n (uncountable)

  1. sebum

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