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trichotillomania

Syllabification: trich·o·til·lo·ma·ni·a
Pronunciation: /ˌtrikəˌtiləˈmānēə
 
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Definition of trichotillomania in English:

noun

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
More example sentences
  • Trichotillomania is an "impulse-control disorder" in humans, characterised by repetitive stereotypical hair pulling from different areas.
  • Hair loss to Trichotillomania varies from barely noticeable thinning to total loss.
  • This eleven-year-old girl presented with a well-established case of Trichotillomania.

Origin

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

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