The compulsive habit of picking at scabs or growths

Grandiloquent dictionary. 2006.

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  • phaneromania — noun a) An uncontrollable impulse to pick at a spot or growth on ones body; the habit of picking at scabs, biting ones nails, or picking pimples. b) The constant preoccupation with some external part of the body, as plucking the beard, pulling… …   Wiktionary

  • phaneromania — Obsolete term for constant preoccupation with some external part, as plucking the beard, pulling the lobe of the ear, picking at a pimple, etc. [phanero + G. mania, frenzy] * * * phan·er·o·ma·nia mā nē ə n a persistent or obsessi …   Medical dictionary

  • phaneromania — habit of biting one’s nails Manias and Obsessions …   Phrontistery dictionary

  • phaneromania — phan·er·o·mania …   English syllables

  • phaneromania — n. an excessively strong impulse to touch or rub parts of one s own body …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • phaneromania —   n. habit of biting nails, picking at scars, etc …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • phaneromania — noun an irresistible desire to pick at superficial body parts (as in obsessive nail biting) • Hypernyms: ↑mania, ↑passion, ↑cacoethes * * * | ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷+ noun Etymology: New Latin, from phaner + Latin …   Useful english dictionary

  • Manias and Obsessions — Sometimes, when I look over what I ve created in the Phrontistery, I start to think I m more than a bit crazy, and must be suffering from verbomania. Still, I probably don t officially have any of the 142 manias or obsessions listed below. Some… …   Phrontistery dictionary

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