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[al-uh-pee-shee-uh, -see-uh]
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noun Pathology.
  1. loss of hair; baldness.
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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
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alopecia, baldness

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British Dictionary definitions for alopecia


  1. loss of hair, esp on the head; baldness
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Word Origin

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


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


  1. Loss of hair; baldness.
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