hirsutism

noun
hir·​sut·​ism | \ˈhər-sə-ˌti-zəm, ˈhir-\

Definition of hirsutism 

: excessive growth of hair of normal or abnormal distribution

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The tests had previously been recommended only for women with moderate to severe hirsutism. Healthday, chicagotribune.com, "Guideline urges hormone test for women with unwanted hair," 2 Apr. 2018 In this trial, 60 women with polycystic ovary syndrome, which frequently causes hirsutism, took placebo or a combination of 100 mg magnesium, 4 mg zinc, 400 mg calcium and 200 IU vitamin D for three months. Joe Graedon, M.s., And Teresa Graedon, Houston Chronicle, "Will zinc help hirsutism in women?," 13 May 2018 Women naturally have small amounts of these hormones, but levels tend to be higher in women with PCOS and other conditions that cause hirsutism. Healthday, chicagotribune.com, "Guideline urges hormone test for women with unwanted hair," 2 Apr. 2018 Leah Jorgensen, 33, has polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a hormonal imbalance that causes her body to overproduce testosterone, and hirsutism, the term for unwanted male-pattern hair growth on a woman. Julie Mazziotta, PEOPLE.com, "Woman with Hormonal Imbalance Embraces Her Excess Chest Hair: 'Women Like Me Exist'," 8 Mar. 2018 Beyond weight gain and a disrupted period, some physical traits that can be warning signs for PCOS are thinning hair; male-pattern hair growth (AKA hirsutism) that can appear on your upper lip, back, sideburns, and upper stomach; and cystic acne. Lori Keong, Marie Claire, "What to Know If You Suspect You Have PCOS," 2 Oct. 2017 Before starting, the teen should know that any medication given has not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for hirsutism specifically. Dr. Manny Alvarez, Fox News, "Hirsutism in teens: A hairy situation," 6 June 2017 This hairy situation is called hirsutism, and teen sufferers can find treatment. Dr. Manny Alvarez, Fox News, "Hirsutism in teens: A hairy situation," 6 June 2017

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First Known Use of hirsutism

1927, in the meaning defined above

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hirsutism

noun
hir·​sut·​ism | \ˈhər-sə-ˌtiz-əm, ˈhi(ə)r- \

Medical Definition of hirsutism 

: excessive growth of hair of normal or abnormal distribution : hypertrichosis

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