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onychophagia

[on-i-koh-fey-juh, -jee-uh] /ˌɒn ɪ koʊˈfeɪ dʒə, -dʒi ə/
noun, Psychiatry.
1.
the practice of biting one's nails, especially when done habitually and as a symptom of emotional disturbance.
Origin of onychophagia
1895-1900
1895-1900; < Greek onycho- (combining form of ónyx nail, claw; see onyx) + -phagia
Related forms
onychophagist
[on-uh-kof-uh-jist] /ˌɒn əˈkɒf ə dʒɪst/ (Show IPA),
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