Definition of Hair ball

1. Noun. A compact mass of hair that forms in the alimentary canal (especially in the stomach of animals as a result of licking fur).

Exact synonyms: Hairball, Trichobezoar
Generic synonyms: Tangle

Medical Definition of Hair ball

1. A hair cast in the stomach or intestinal tract, common in cats. Synonym: hair ball, pilobezoar. Origin: tricho-+ bezoar (05 Mar 2000)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Hair Ball

hair-tailed mole
hair ball (current term)
hair bulb
hair bundle
hair bundles
hair care
hair cast
hair cell
hair cells
hair coloring
hair colour
hair conditioner
hair conditioners
hair crosses
hair curler
hair curling

Literary usage of Hair ball

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Surgery, Gynecology & Obstetrics by The American College of Surgeons, Franklin H. Martin Memorial Foundation (1915)
"Radiograph of Dr. CT Holland's second case of hair ball in the stomach. "Shortly after swallowing/a breakfast cupful of the contrast meal the whole stomach ..."

2. A Descriptive and Illustrated Catalogue of the Calculi and Other Animal by Thomas Taylor (1845)
"A small hair-ball, made up of long black and white hairs. ... A hair-ball of a light brown colour, having a rude triangular figure. From a Cow. ..."

3. The Writings of Mark Twain [pseud.] by Mark Twain, Charles Dudley Warner (1899)
"I said it was pretty bad money, but maybe the hair-ball would take it, because maybe it wouldn't know the difference. Jim smelt it and bit it and rubbed it, ..."

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