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[hahy-per-tri-koh-sis] /ˌhaɪ pər trɪˈkoʊ sɪs/
excessive growth of hair.
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hypertrichosis hy·per·tri·cho·sis (hī'pər-trĭ-kō'sĭs)
Growth of hair in excess of the normal.

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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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