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Encyclopedia > Glabrousness
La Naissance de Venus by Eugène Emmanuel Amaury-Duval (1808–1885) portrays the goddess of love with no pubic or armpit hair.

Glabrousness (from Latin glaber = bald, hairless) is the technical term for an anatomically abnormal lack of hair or down. This may be due to a physical condition, such as alopecia universalis, which causes hair to fall out and/or prevents its growth. More commonly, glabrousness is a result of culturally-motivated hair removal by depilation (surface removal by shaving or dissolving) or epilation (removal of the entire hair, such as waxing or plucking). Image File history File links An example of 19th Century art showing no pubic hair. ... Image File history File links An example of 19th Century art showing no pubic hair. ... The Birth of Venus, by Sandro Botticelli c. ... This article is about the body feature. ... Down hairs, also called the undercoat or ground hairs, are the very fine, fluffy hairs closest to the skin on some mammals. ... Alopecia universalis is a medical disorder in which the afflicted are unable to grow hair on the entire body. ... Chemical Depilatories are cosmetic preparations used to remove the hair from the skin on the human body. ... Waxing is a method of temporary hair removal which removes the hair from the root. ...

Acomoclitism (from Greek κομη = hair, negation prefix α-, and κλιτικος = having a preference, from κλινειν = to lean, κλιτυς = a slope) is the technical term for a preference for hairless genitals.[1] The related adjective describing anyone with this preference is acomoclitic.

In botany and mycology, glabrous is an adjective used to describe a morphological feature as smooth, glossy, having no hair or bristles or glaucousness (see also indumentum). Tactile sensitivity is greatest on glabrous skin. Pinguicula grandiflora commonly known as a Butterwort Example of a cross section of a stem [1] Botany is the scientific study of plant life. ... Mycology (from the Greek μύκης, meaning fungus) is the study of fungi, their genetic and biochemical properties, their taxonomy, and their use to humans as a source for tinder, medicinals (e. ... The term morphology in biology refers to the outward appearance (shape, structure, colour, pattern) of an organism or taxon and its component parts. ... Smooth could mean many things, including: Smooth function, a function that is infinitely differentiable, used in calculus and topology. ... A gloss is a note made in the margins or between the lines of a book, in which the meaning of the text in its original language is explained in another language. ... Trichomes, from the Greek meaning growth of hair, are fine outgrowths or appendages on plants and protists. ... Bluish-green ... Indumentum refers to a covering of fine hairs (or sometimes scales) as on a leaf or insect. ...


Aesthetic removal and fashion

Although the appearance of secondary hair on parts of the body is a sign of puberty, in Western cultures it is socially accepted, often encouraged, for women to remove body hair (as hairlessness is considered feminine and often youthful); and for men to shave their faces. Commonly depilated areas are the underarms, face, arms and legs; pubic hair may be partially or entirely removed, and at times individuals even depilate areas which are typically left alone, such as the forearms. Conversely, people who oppose the social concepts behind these practices will forgo them, whether for personal satisfaction or to make a public statement. In recent years, bodily depilation has increased in popularity among Western males.[2] Puberty refers to the process of physical changes by which a childs body becomes an adult body capable of reproduction. ... For this articles equivalent regarding the East, see Eastern culture. ... A bagpiper in Scottish military clan-uniform. ... Pubic hair is hair in the frontal genital area, the crotch, and sometimes at the top of the inside of the legs; these areas form the pubic region. ...

As with any cosmetic practice, the particulars of hair removal have changed over the years. Western female depilation has waxed and waned throughout history and has been significantly influenced by the evolution of clothing in the past century. Leg and underarm shaving became popular again in Western Society with the advent of off-the-shoulder dresses, higher hemlines and transparent stockings. The reduction of the minimum acceptable standards for bodily coverage over the years has resulted in the exposure of more flesh, giving rise to even more extensive hair removal.[3]

At present, this has resulted in the Brazilian waxing trend, a term used to describe the partial or full removal of pubic hair, as the thongs worn on Brazilian beaches are too small to conceal very much of it. Indeed, a culture is now emerging around "intimate shaving" and other hair-removal options geared specifically around the pubic area. What was once kept a personal secret is now discussed more openly, though still in carefully non-explicit language, in magazines and on television. Brazilian waxing is a type of waxing involving the bikini area. ... See Thong for other meanings. ...

Religion, subculture, and other influences

In ancient Egypt, depilation was commonly practiced to prevent infestation by lice. Typically, tweezers were used to pluck out individual hairs. In both Ancient Greece and Rome, the removal of body and pubic hair was common with both men and women, especially in artistic depictions of male and female nudity.[citation needed] Suborders Anoplura (sucking lice) Rhyncophthirina Ischnocera (avian lice) Amblycera (chewing lice) Lice (singular: louse) (order Phthiraptera) are an order of over 3000 species of wingless parasitic insects. ... Tweezers are tools used for picking up small objects that are not easily handled with the human hands. ...

The majority of Muslims believe that the Sunnah directs all adults to remove pubic hair and underarm hair as a hygienic measure, and part of the Fitrah.[4] Sunnah(t) () literally means “trodden path”, and therefore, the sunnah of the prophet means “the way of the prophet”. Terminologically, the word ‘Sunnah’ in Sunni Islam means those religious actions that were instituted by Muhammad(PBUH) during the 23 years of his ministry and which Muslims initially received through consensus... In Islamic context, Fitrah (فطرة) is humanitys innate disposition towards virtue, knowledge, and beauty. ...

Baptized Sikhs are specifically instructed never to cut, shave, or otherwise remove any hair on their bodies; this is a major tenet of the Sikh faith (see Kesh). Sikhism (IPA: or ; Punjabi: , , IPA: ), founded on the teachings of Guru Nanak Dev and nine successive gurus in fifteenth century Northern India, is the fifth-largest religion in the world. ... Kesh - Uncut hair is one of the five articles of faith for the Sikhs The Sikhs were commanded by Guru Gobind Singh at the Baisakhi Amrit Sanchar in 1699 to wear long uncut hair, called Kesh, at all times. ...

In Japan, it is commonplace for women to shave their underarm hair, but not to shave or even trim their pubic hair beyond the requirements of swimwear, etc[citation needed]. The culture of public baths (onsen or sentō) could discourage anyone so inclined, since shaved pubic hair has long been recognized as a sign of extreme sexuality[citation needed]. The fact that Japanese pornography laws originally banned the display of pubic hair per se also indicates that pubic hair is appreciated as an erotic feature in Japanese culture[citation needed]. Traditionally, erotic display in Japan has concentrated more on suggestive concealment rather than nudity which may still be considered commonplace.[citation needed] // Public baths originated from a communal need for cleanliness. ... Outdoor pool, Naruko, Miyagi Guidebook to Hakone from 1811 An onsen ) is a Japanese hot spring. ... Entrance to the sentō at the Edo Tokyo Open Air Museum Sentō ) is a type of Japanese communal bath house where customers pay for entrance. ...

In the clothes free movement, the term "smoothie" is often used to describe an acomoclitic individual. In the past, such open displays were frowned upon and in some cases, members of clothes-free clubs were actually forbidden to remove their pubic hair: violators could face exclusion from the club. Others have grouped together and formed societies of their own. Depilation has become popular over the past 30 years with smoothies becoming a major percentage at many nudist venues.[5]The first Smoothy club was founded by a British couple in 1991[6]. The Dutch branch was founded in 1993[7] in order to give the idea of a hairless body greater publicity in the Netherlands. This form of total nudity is described by its supporters as exceptionally comfortable and liberating. The Smoothy-Club is also a branch of the World of the Nudest Nudist (WNN) and organizes nudist ship cruises and nudist events every month. Every year in spring the club organizes the international Smoothy days. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...

Athletes may depilate as an enhancement to their abilities. For example, male and female competitive swimmers often remove their body hair and pubic hair in order to help streamline their bodies.

Glabrous skin

On the human body, glabrous skin is skin that is hairless. It is found on fingers, palmar surfaces of hands, soles of feet, lips, labia minora and penis. This article is about the organ. ...

Tinea corporis is a mycosis that targets glaborous skin. [8] Ringworms can also refer to fans of the Japanese Ring series of horror novels and films, as well as the US remake. ... The Term mycosis (plural: mycoses) refers to conditions in which fungi pass the resistance barriers of the human or animal body and establish infections. ...

There are four main types of mechanoreceptors in the glabrous skin of humans; Pacinian corpuscles, Meissner's corpuscles, Merkel's discs, and Ruffini corpuscles. Look up mechanoreceptor in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... A Pacinian corpuscle is a structure that functions as a mechanoreceptor. ... Ruffini Endings are one of the four main cutaneous mechanoreceptors. ...

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  1. ^ Urban Dictionary definition Also according to Google Search "Acomoclitic is the technical term for having a preference for hairless genitals" and similar statements are sourced to online pay-only medical journals.
  2. ^ Philips' Shave Everywhere campaign follows an increasing awareness from the male public about male shaving
  3. ^ When and why did women start shaving their legs?
  4. ^ Understanding Islam
  5. ^ Euro Naturist - smooth naturists & nudists - Smoothies
  6. ^ World of the Nudest Nudist, beauty of the shaved body
  7. ^ World of the Nudest Nudist - home of the barest naturists
  8. ^ Dermatologyinfo.net

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