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hirsutism

[hur-soo-tiz-uh m, hur-soo-tiz-] /ˈhɜr suˌtɪz əm, hɜrˈsu tɪz-/
noun, Medicine/Medical
1.
excessive hairiness, especially in women.
Origin
1925-1930
1925-30; hirsute + -ism
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Examples for hirsutism
  • Most of the time the facial hairs are fine, so the hirsutism is barely noticeable.
hirsutism in Medicine

hirsutism hir·sut·ism (hûr'sōō-tĭz'əm, hēr'-, hər-sōō'-)
n.
The presence of excessive body and facial hair, especially in women.

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Encyclopedia Article for hirsutism

excessive, abnormal hairiness that may be localized or cover the entire body. It is thought that hypertrichosis results either from persistence of the lanugo-vellus hairs covering the body of the fetus or from augmented development of hair follicles. Generalized hirsutism is a common side effect of hyperadrenal corticoidism (Cushing's disease) and has also been observed in hexachlorobenzene poisoning.

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