self-in·​ju·​ry | \ ˌself-ˈinj-rē How to pronounce self-injury (audio) , ˌself-ˈin-jə-rē \

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)

Other Words from self-injury

self-injurious \ ˌself-​in-​ˈju̇r-​ē-​əs How to pronounce self-injurious (audio) \ 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 \ ˌself-​ˈin-​jər How to pronounce self-injure (audio) \ 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, in the meaning defined above

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“Self-injury.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2020.

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