onychophagy


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Related to onychophagy: onychorrhexis

onychophagy

(ˌɒnɪˈkɒfədʒɪ)
n
the habit of biting one's fingernails
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onychophagia, onychophagy

the habit of biting the fingernails.
See also: Fingers and Toes
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Translations
Onychophagie
References in periodicals archive ?
However, digital suction, oral breathing, use of pacifiers and bottles as well as, lower lip interposition/suction, tongue suction, onychophagy, and mandibular propulsion are considered deleterious oral habits (2,3).
OCD in particular may lead to self-induced skin diseases, including dermatitis artificialis, skin-picking disorder, nail biting (onychophagy), and hair-pulling disorder (trichotillomania).
Paranormal habits were informed, particularly diurnal/nocturnal bruxism and onychophagy. Also, a previous event of transient jaw locking while eating was reported.
Some people with chronic onychophagy bite their toenails (really!), fingernails and the skin surrounding their nails until they bleed.