self-injury

noun self-in·ju·ry \ ˌself-ˈinj-rē , ˌself-ˈin-jə-rē \
|Updated on: 12 Jun 2018

Definition of self-injury

: injury to one's own body
  • The dog's excessive licking led to self-injury.
; especially : the act of purposely hurting oneself (as by cutting or burning the skin) as an emotional coping mechanism : self-harm
  • The most common forms of self-injury include cutting, burning, punching or banging oneself. … These techniques provide a sense of calm from overwhelming feelings, but the momentary relief is followed by feelings of guilt and shame.
  • The Reporter (Fond du Lac, Wisconsin)

self-injurious

play \ˌself-in-ˈju̇r-ē-əs\ adjective
    • In this trial, risperidone was safe and effective for the short-term treatment of tantrums, aggression, and self-injurious behavior in children with autistic disorder.
    • The New England Journal of Medicine

self-injure

play \ˌself-ˈin-jər\ intransitive verb self-injured; self-injuring; self-injures
    • Sufferers have traditionally been met with disgust by doctors, who find their self-injuring offensive.
    • —Tamala M. Edwards

First Known Use of self-injury

1864

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