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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.


(Medicine) loss of hair, esp on the head; baldness
[C14: from Latin, from Greek alōpekia, originally: mange in foxes, from alōpēx fox]


(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.


1. a loss of hair, feathers, or wool.
2. baldness. — alopecic, adj.
See also: Hair


Patchy loss of hair that can be hereditary or caused by disease or stress.
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


[ˌæləʊˈpiːʃə] Nalopecia f


n. alopecia, pérdida del cabello.


n alopecia
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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.
7, to assess the psychosocial impact in cicatricial alopecia.
Olsen EA, Bergfeld WF, Cotsarelis G, et al: Workshop on cicatricial alopecia.
Cicatricial alopecia is also known as scarring alopecia, covering all scalp conditions that result in the destruction of the hair follicle.
Fibrosis with loss of hair follicles has been observed in patients with cicatricial alopecia.
6 million women--had experienced hair loss; the most common condition identified was central centrifugal cicatricial alopecia (CCCA).
Jenna O'Neill, who is working to characterize the genetic basis of central centrifugal cicatricial alopecia, a condition that almost exclusively affects African-Americans.
Tufted hair folliculitis causing skullcap-pattern cicatricial alopecia.
Another common type of hair loss among Black women is hot comb alopecia or central centrifugal cicatricial alopecia, which begins at the central portion of the scalp and progresses rapidly.