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[trik-uh-til-uh-mey-nee-uh] /ˌtrɪk əˌtɪl əˈmeɪ ni ə/
noun, Psychiatry.
a compulsion to pull out one's hair.
Origin of trichotillomania
1900-05; tricho- + Greek tíll(ein) to pluck, pull out + -o- + -mania Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for trichotillomania
  • trichotillomania is hair loss from repeated urges to pull or twist the hair until it breaks off.
  • Another cause of follicle damage is trichotillomania, the compulsion to tug or pull at the hair.
Word Origin and History for trichotillomania

1905, from French trichotillomanie (1889), from tricho-, Latinized form of Greek trikho-, comb. form of thrix (genitive trikhos) "hair" + Greek tillesthai "to pull out" + mania.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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trichotillomania in Medicine

trichotillomania trich·o·til·lo·ma·ni·a (trĭk'ō-tĭl'ə-mā'nē-ə, -mān'yə)
A compulsion to pull out one's own hair.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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