American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The compulsion to tear or pluck out the hair on one's head and face and often to ingest it.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The habit of continually pulling out hairs from the beard, at the nasal orifices, etc.
- n. an irresistible urge to pull out your own hair
- From Ancient Greek θρίξ (thriks, "hair") (genitive: τριχός (trikhos)) + τίλλω (tillō, "I pull out, pluck") + μανία (mania, "madness"). (Wiktionary)
- tricho- + Greek tillein, to pluck hair + -mania. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“But rather than indulge in trichotillomania, do something about it.”
“Often a harmless habit, in its most extreme form, the urge to constantly twirl or pull at hair is called trichotillomania, and it can lead to bald spots or thinning hair.”
“The BBC has a news story on the genetics of a disorder called trichotillomania compulsive hair-pulling that typifies the way genetics discoveries are reported in the media.”
“Chloe was diagnosed with a condition called trichotillomania around the time she started sixth grade at Roosevelt Middle School in 2010.”
“The story starts with a mouse mutant that has a very unusual behavior, which is very similar to the obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorder in humans called trichotillomania, when patients compulsively remove all their body hair," explained Capecchi, who is a distinguished professor of human genetics and biology at the University of Utah School of Medicine and an investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.”
“Parrots compulsively pluck their own feathers; dogs repetitively lick a paw or other fixed spot; humans develop a condition known as trichotillomania, in which they pull out strands of their hair.”
“TUESDAY, July 7 (HealthDay News) -- A common health-food supplement might help ease the urges of people with a compulsive hair-pulling disorder called trichotillomania, U.S. researchers report.”
“The 190-page book is a testimony of her life and her hair-pulling habit, called trichotillomania, or "trich.”
“The disorder is called trichotillomania, and leaves sufferers with uncontrollable urges to pluck out the hair of their scalp, eyebrows and even eyelashes, often to the point of baldness.”
“I have a disorder called trichotillomania that causes me to pull out my eyebrows.”
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