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 (ăl′ə-pē′shə, -shē-ə)
Complete or partial loss of hair from the head or other parts of the body.

[Latin alōpecia, fox-mange, from Greek alōpekiā, from alōpēx, alōpek-, fox; see wl̥p-ē- in Indo-European roots.]

al′o·pe′cic (-pē′sĭk) adj.
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(Medicine) loss of hair, esp on the head; baldness
[C14: from Latin, from Greek alōpekia, originally: mange in foxes, from alōpēx fox]
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(ˌæl əˈpi ʃi ə, -si ə)

loss of hair; baldness.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Latin < Greek alōpekía mange in foxes =alōpek-, s. of alṓpēx fox + -ia -ia]
al`o•pe′cic (-ˈpi sɪk) adj.
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1. a loss of hair, feathers, or wool.
2. baldness. — alopecic, adj.
See also: Hair
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Patchy loss of hair that can be hereditary or caused by disease or stress.
Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words by Diagram Group Copyright © 2008 by Diagram Visual Information Limited
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.alopecia - loss of hair (especially on the head) or loss of wool or feathersalopecia - loss of hair (especially on the head) or loss of wool or feathers; in humans it can result from heredity or hormonal imbalance or certain diseases or drugs and treatments (chemotherapy for cancer)
baldness, phalacrosis - the condition of having no hair on the top of the head
alopecia areata - patchy baldness
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[ˌæləʊˈpiːʃə] Nalopecia f
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n. alopecia, pérdida del cabello.
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n alopecia
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References in periodicals archive ?
Mutations in the PAD 13 gene were significantly more common in 58 patients with central centrifugal cicatricial alopecia (CCCA), compared with 2,702 controls, in a study of women of African ancestry.
One must first examine the scalp to determine if the hair loss is due to the physical destruction and loss of hair follicles (scarring or cicatricial alopecia).
A grayish-white halo has been described in central centrifugal cicatricial alopecia (11).
Central centrifugal cicatricial alopecia (CCCA) can affect adolescents, and a study of six biopsy-proven cases indicates CCCA has a genetic component, Ariana N.
The differential diagnosis includes lichen planopilaris, discoid lupus erythematosus, and central centrifugal cicatricial alopecia. The diagnosis is best supported by the presence of noncaseating granulomas on biopsy with appropriate clinical and radiologic findings.
Overall, 14% of women with central centrifugal cicatricial alopecia (CCCA) also had a history of uterine fibroids, compared with 3% percent of black women without CCCA.
The researchers call on physicians who treat women with Central Centrifugal Cicatricial Alopecia (CCCA) to make patients aware that they may be at increased risk for fibroids and should be screened for the condition, particularly if they have symptoms such as heavy bleeding and pain.
* Central centrifugal cicatricial alopecia predominandy affects black women and is characterized by circular hair loss of the vertex, with perifollicular inflammation and scarring.
Central centrifugal cicatricial alopecia (CCCA) is a term coined by the North American Hair Research Society (NAHRS) to describe a scarring hair loss, present on the vertex of the scalp that spreads peripherally.
Information from the 2011 cicatricial alopecia symposium revealed that pioglitazone, a TZD, could improve LPP symptoms, both clinically and pathologically, in more than half of patients [99].
It is considered a primary cicatricial alopecia. LPP is classified in the lymphocytic group according to the North American Hair Research Society(NAHRS).
Cicatricial alopecia is also known as scarring alopecia, covering all scalp conditions that result in the destruction of the hair follicle.