Definition of plica neuropathica in US English:

plica neuropathica


  • Sudden matting of the hair or strands of hair into a felt-like mass, originally attributed to a nervous disorder and possibly caused by mechanical or chemical damage.


Early 20th century; earliest use found in George Gould (1848–1922). From scientific Latin plica neuropathica from post-classical Latin plica + scientific Latin neuropathica, feminine singular of neuropathicus.