[al-uh-pee-shee-uh, -see-uh]

noun Pathology.

loss of hair; baldness.

Origin of alopecia

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin < Greek alōpekía mange in foxes, equivalent to alōpek- (stem of alṓpēx) fox + -ia -ia
Related formsal·o·pe·cic [al-uh-pee-sik] /ˌæl əˈpi sɪk/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for alopecia

alopecia, baldness

Examples from the Web for alopecia

Contemporary Examples of alopecia

  • Researchers have found that a drug approved for rheumatoid arthritis helped a patient suffering from alopecia halt his hair loss.

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    Can This Arthritis Drug Cure Baldness?

    Erin Cunningham

    June 20, 2014

Historical Examples of alopecia

British Dictionary definitions for alopecia



loss of hair, esp on the head; baldness

Word Origin for alopecia

C14: from Latin, from Greek alōpekia, originally: mange in foxes, from alōpēx fox
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alopecia in Medicine




Loss of hair; baldness.
Related formsal′o•pecic (-pēsĭk) adj.
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alopecia in Science



Loss of hair; baldness.
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