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Definition of «Trichotillomania»


Trichotillomania: Compulsive hair pulling. A disorder characterized by the repeated urge to pull out scalp hair, eyelashes, eyebrows or other body hair. It is believed to be related to obsessive-compulsive disorder. Treatment may include cognitive-behavior therapy and medications such as Prozac. From tricho-, hair + Greek till(ein) to pluck, pull out + -o- + -mania.

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