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 the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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