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[on-i-koh-fey-juh, -jee-uh] /ˌɒn ɪ koʊˈfeɪ dʒə, -dʒi ə/

noun, Psychiatry.
the practice of biting one’s nails, especially when done habitually and as a symptom of emotional disturbance.


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