onychophagia

[on-i-koh-fey-juh, -jee-uh]

noun Psychiatry.

the practice of biting one's nails, especially when done habitually and as a symptom of emotional disturbance.

Nearby words

  1. onychomadesis,
  2. onychomalacia,
  3. onychomycosis,
  4. onychoosteodysplasia,
  5. onychopathy,
  6. onychophagy,
  7. onychophoran,
  8. onychoplasty,
  9. onychorrhexis,
  10. onychoschizia

Origin of onychophagia

1895–1900; < Greek onycho- (combining form of ónyx nail, claw; see onyx) + -phagia

Related formson·y·choph·a·gist [on-uh-kof-uh-jist] /ˌɒn əˈkɒf ə dʒɪst/, noun

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