trichotillomania

noun tricho·til·lo·ma·nia \ ˌtri-kə-ˌti-lə-ˈmā-nē-ə \

Definition of trichotillomania

: an abnormal desire to pull out one's hair

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The word trichotillomania derives from the Greek trich- ("hair") and tillein ("to pull or pluck"), along with the suffix -mania (from mainesthai, meaning "to be mad"). People suffering from trichotillomania will routinely pluck hair from the scalp, eyebrows, eyelashes or other parts of the body, usually impulsively but sometimes with careful deliberation (such as by using tweezers). Some researchers believe that it may be a form of obsessive-compulsive disorder. The word for this condition first appeared in English around the dawn of the 20th century (it's generally thought to have been first coined in French by a French dermatologist).

Origin and Etymology of trichotillomania

New Latin, from trich- + Greek tillein to pull, pluck + New Latin mania


Medical Dictionary

trichotillomania

noun tricho·til·lo·ma·nia \ -ˌtil-ə-ˈmā-nē-ə \

medical Definition of trichotillomania

: abnormal desire to pull out one's hair called also hairpulling, trich

trichotillomanic

play \-ˈman-ik\ adjective

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