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epilation

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Pronunciation: /ˌɛpɪˈleɪʃ(ə)n
 
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Definition of epilation in English:

noun

[mass noun]
The removal of hair by the roots.
Example sentences
  • Numerous methods are used for epilation, from tweezers to devices that pluck several hairs at once.
  • Although laser assisted epilation is not considered a permanent way of removing hair, some patients will achieve a long term reduction in hair density after a single treatment.
  • Lasers operating at these wavelengths have been shown to penetrate skin to 3 mm or more with useful fluence and have been successfully applied to laser epilation.

Origin

late 19th century: from French épiler, from é- (expressing removal) + Latin pilus 'strand of hair', on the pattern of depilation.

Derivatives

epilate

1
Pronunciation: /ˈɛpɪleɪt/
verb
Example sentences
  • The dorsal area of each hamster was shaved and epilated to remove hair roots.
  • In fact, I look like I kick little furry dogs for fun, and epilate people's leg hair when they are not noticing.
  • A good thing too, considering that I don't need to epilate for a long time.

epilator

2
noun
Example sentences
  • Hold your horses boys; these machines are indeed called mechanical epilators, but they don't come equipped with 2.0-liter V6 engines.
  • I first remember shaving it when I was about 8, before I found out about the greatness of epilators.
  • Portable epilators may look like electric shavers, but they grind along as if they're stuffed with fistfuls of hair.

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