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Medical Term:


Pronunciation: hir'su-tizm

Definition: Presence of excessive bodily and facial hair, usually in a male pattern, especially in women; may be present in normal adults as an expression of an ethnic characteristic or may develop in children or adults as the result of androgen excess due to tumors, or of nonandrogenetic or other drugs.

Synonym(s): hirsuties, pilosis

[L. hirsutus, shaggy]

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