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 (hô-rĭp′ə-lā′shən, hŏ-)
The bristling of the body hair, as from fear or cold; goose bumps.

[Late Latin horripilātiō, horripilātiōn-, from Latin horripilātus, past participle of horripilāre, to bristle with hairs : horrēre, to tremble + pilāre, to grow hair (from pilus, hair).]

hor·rip′i·late′ v.


1. (Physiology) a technical name for gooseflesh
2. (Physiology) the erection of any short bodily hairs
[C17: from Late Latin horripilātiō a bristling, from Latin horrēre to stand on end + pilus hair]

goose′ bumps`

a bristling of the hair on the skin, as from cold or fear; horripilation. Also called goose flesh, goose pimples.
[1930–35; Amer.]


the raising of the hairs on the skin as a response to cold or fear; goose bumps or goose pimples.
See also: Cold, Fear, Skin
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.horripilation - reflex erection of hairs of the skin in response to cold or emotional stress or skin irritation
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