Definition of alopecia
: loss of hair, wool, or feathers
alopecicplay \-ˈpē-sik\ adjective
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Recent Examples of alopecia from the Web
About 1/3 of women will experience some form of hair loss (alopecia) throughout their lifetime, according to Harvard Health Publications.
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The four words Howard spelled on Thursday: alopecia: (the loss of hair, wool or feathers; baldness)
Fisher has the condition alopecia, which results in hair loss, and also struggled with anorexia in her teenage years, but is remarkably and refreshingly honest about both issues.
As our own Deanna Pai has written, brow stickers can play a major role in helping cancer survivors and people with alopecia and hair loss keep their confidence.
Symmetrical alopecia is caused by a hormonal imbalance, which was probably in turn caused by ovarian cysts.
A whitecollar villain, Mr. Potter’s androgenic alopecia gives him an air of moral corruption.
The researchers looked for scars, warts, unusual pallor, deep wrinkles, extensive alopecia (also known as male pattern baldness), albinism and other visible conditions.
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Did You Know?
Doctors use "alopecia" to refer to various forms of hair loss, including "alopecia areata," a sudden loss of hair in patches that involves little or no inflammation. It may surprise you to learn that the word ultimately derives from "alōpēx," the Greek word for "fox," but the connection makes sense if you think of a fox who is afflicted with mange, a disease with symptoms that include, among other things, loss of hair. Middle English speakers borrowed the Latin word alopecia, which comes from "alōpekia," a Greek term that can be translated as "mange on foxes."
Origin and Etymology of alopecia
Middle English allopicia, from Latin alopecia, from Greek alōpekia, from alōpek-, alōpēx fox; akin to Armenian ałuēs fox, Sanskrit lopāśa
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
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