Meaning of alopecia in English:


Pronunciation /ˌaləˈpiːʃ(ɪ)ə/

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mass nounMedicine
  • The partial or complete absence of hair from areas of the body where it normally grows; baldness.

    ‘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.’
    • ‘Male pattern baldness (androgenetic alopecia, if you're feeling technical) affects two-thirds of all men in the UK, and can happen at any time after puberty.’
    • ‘About 25 per cent of her business comes from York Hospital, which sends her patients who have lost their hair through alopecia or chemotherapy.’
    hair loss, hairlessness


Late Middle English via Latin from Greek alōpekia, literally ‘fox mange’, from alōpēx ‘fox’.