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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
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005


n. alopecia, pérdida del cabello.
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n alopecia
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References in periodicals archive ?
Any action holding the hair with a strong tension on the root will inevitably cause traction alopecia over time.
Other contributing factors according to Anisa are severe stress, physical or psychological, and traction alopecia when the hair is braided or tied in a tight pony tail.
If you're a fan of the "Croydon facelift" you may be suffering from traction alopecia, where the follicles have been permanently damaged by pulling hair too tightly.
The pulling and weight can cause severe migraines and traction alopecia, in worst case scenarios.
She said that birth and rapid weight loss are both factors that have triggered her thinning hair and the pulling and weight of hair extensions often cause severe migraines and Traction Alopecia.
The most frequent causes of hair loss in pediatric patients include tinea capitis, alopecia areata, traction alopecia, and trichotillomania.
A few entities in scarring alopecia are lichen planopilaris, central centrifugal cicatricial alopecia, pseudopelade, discoid lupus erythematosus and traction alopecia. The main confounders in diagnosis are the other varieties of nonscarring alopecia.
Celebrities including Britney Spears, Victoria Beckham and Paris Hilton have all reportedly suffered from beginning to advanced stages of traction alopecia, and there is speculation that Kim Kardashian's hairline is receding due to similar pressure from hair extensions and tight ponytails, reported NBC-Memphis area affiliate ( WMC-TV.
There are many reasons as to what could cause alopecia to occur: such as chemical breakage from overuse, frequent use of chemical relaxers, or chronic exposure to traction on the hair such as Traction alopecia, etc.
We see a lot of hair loss in men who eat fast food because it''s lacking in energy and vitamins necessary for follicle stimulation GET FIT Active people promote free testosterone, which helps prevent baldness AVOID CRAZY HAIRSTYLES Ponytails and cornrows are more likely to lead to traction alopecia, a form of baldness caused by pulling on their hair
MIAMI BEACH -- Physicians can prevent traction alopecia in children through early intervention, according to an ethnic skin care specialist.
One of the patients is Cynthia Alston, M.D., of Chicago, who suffered from a form of hair loss known as traction alopecia around her hairline and scalp due to wearing braids too tightly as a child 20 years ago.