a compulsion to pull out one's hair.
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Origin of trichotillomania
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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
A compulsion to pull out one's own hair.
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