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body dysmorphic disorder

noun
variants: also body dysmorphia

medical Definition of body dysmorphic disorder

: pathological preoccupation with an imagined or slight physical defect of one's body to the point of causing significant stress or behavioral impairment in several areas (as work and personal relationships)
  • People suffering from body dysmorphic disorder perceive themselves as ugly, fixating on a slight abnormality or an imagined flaw.
  • —Charles Q. ChoiScientific AmericanFebruary 2008

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