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