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alopecia

Line breaks: alo|pe¦cia
Pronunciation: /ˌaləˈpiːʃə
 
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Definition of alopecia in English:

noun

[mass noun] Medicine
The partial or complete absence of hair from areas of the body where it normally grows; baldness.
Example sentences
  • Minor toxic effects, such as stomatitis, malaise, nausea, diarrhea, headaches and mild alopecia, are common but respond to folate supplementation.
  • Patients with trichotillomania usually present with poorly defined, irregularly shaped, or linear patches of partial alopecia, frequently on the scalp.
  • While the discovery could lead to new treatments for baldness and conditions like alopecia, the researchers believe it may also help burn victims.

Origin

late Middle English: via Latin from Greek alōpekia, literally 'fox mange', from alōpēx 'fox'.

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