phaneromania definition

  • noun:
    • An uncontrollable impulse to pick at a spot or development using one's human body; the habit of picking at scabs, biting your fingernails, or picking pimples.
    • The constant preoccupation with exterior an element of the body, as plucking the beard, pulling the lobe of the ear, etc.
    • An uncontrollable habit of selecting at free bits of skin, warts, hangnails, etc.
    • an irresistible want to pick at shallow areas of the body (such as obsessive nail-biting)

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