Definition of trichotillomania in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌtrikəˌtiləˈmānēə/


A compulsive desire to pull out one’s hair: an amino acid that has previously shown promise in treating repetitive and compulsive disorders has reduced hair-pulling in 25 people with trichotillomania
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  • A licensed professional counselor, Joan specializes in helping victims of trichotillomania.
  • There is a great deal of debate surrounding the causes or triggers of trichotillomania, complicated by its heterogeneity.
  • My daughter has been suffering from trichotillomania for five years.


Early 20th century: from French trichotillomanie, from Greek thrix, trikhos 'hair' + tillein 'pull out (hair)' + -mania.

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Syllabification: trich·o·til·lo·ma·ni·a

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