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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.
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