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)
Deficiency of the hair, may be caused by failure to grow or loss after growth.
Loss of hair (especially on the head) or loss of wool or feathers, which either happens naturally or is caused by disease.
Origin: alopecia, from the Greek ἀλωπεκία, from ἀλώπηξ + -ia, (a formative ending used in Greek, especially used in naming diseases)
alt. of Alopecy
Origin: [L. alopecia, Gr. 'alwpeki`a, fr. 'alw`phx fox, because loss of the hair is common among foxes.]
Alopecia means loss of hair from the head or body. Alopecia can mean baldness, a term generally reserved for pattern alopecia or androgenic alopecia. Compulsive pulling of hair can also induce hair loss. Hairstyling routines such as tight ponytails or braids may cause traction alopecia. Both hair relaxer solutions, and hot hair irons can also induce hair loss. In some cases, alopecia is due to underlying medical conditions, such as iron deficiency. Generally, hair loss in patches signifies alopecia areata. Alopecia areata typically presents with sudden hair loss causing patches to appear on the scalp or other areas of the body. If left untreated, or if the disease does not respond to treatment, complete baldness can result in the affected area, which is referred to as alopecia totalis. When the entire body suffers from complete hair loss, it is referred to as alopecia universalis. It is similar to the effects that occur with chemotherapy.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
al-o-pē′si-a, n. baldness: a skin-disease producing this. [Gr. alopekia, fox-mange.]
U.S. National Library of Medicine
Absence of hair from areas where it is normally present.
The numerical value of alopecia in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of alopecia in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8
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We speak about chondritis in the neck and spine, migraine, loss of hair, alopecia areata, skin diseases, cerebral palsy, autism and cancer.
I am treating serious and chronic diseases which have no cure in regular medicine, I have achieved excellent results, we speak about chondritis in the neck and spine, migraine, loss of hair, alopecia areata, skin diseases, cerebral palsy, autism and cancer.
Women are aspiring to [have] more hair than is natural. They get addicted—it’s kind of like tanorexia in that sense, ballerinas and gymnasts [may also] experience traction alopecia, and wearing hair pulled back too tightly under a swim cap could cause this for swimmers, too.
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