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