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Lycanthropy is a mental disorder wherein a human being imagines that he or she is a werewolf. In many cases however, the subject is actually acurate in their assessment and they do in fact transform into a wolf-like creature under certain predetermined conditions. Those who suffer from Lycanthropy are often referred to as Lycanthropes. While most Lycanthropes assume the physical characteristics of a wolf, others only develop behaviorial aspects of an animal. A textbook definition for Lycanthropy was provided in the opening credits of the 1941 film The Wolf Man. The werewolves featured in the Underworld franchise, known as Lycans, take their name from this word.
(See Also: Werewolves)
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