Origin of alopeciaL, baldness, fox mange from Classical Greek al?pekia from al?p?x, a fox
Origin of alopeciaLatin alōpecia fox-mange from Greek alōpekiā from alōpēx alōpek- fox ; see w&llowring;p-ē- in Indo-European roots.
(countable and uncountable, plural alopecias)
Latin alopecia, from the Greek ἀλωπεκία (alōpekia, “fox-mange”), from ἀλώπηξ (alōpēks, “fox”) + -ia, (a formative ending used in Ancient Greek, especially used in naming diseases)
alopecia - Medical Definition
- al′o·pe′cic (-pē′sĭk)
- First described in 1889, trichotillomania is a psychiatric disorder, the result of which is alopecia or hair loss, caused by repeated pulling of one's hair from, most often the head, followed by the eyelashes and eye brows.
- Tinea capitis (ringworm) affects an estimated 10 percent to 20 percent of susceptible children, and although the demographics are sketchy, telogen effluvium is the most common type of alopecia in both children and adults.
- The majority of children who receive hairpieces suffer from alopecia areata, a genetic condition that may result in partial or total hair loss, and in extreme cases may result in total hair loss over the entire body.
- For many people, permanent cosmetics can replace the loss of natural pigments or facial hair that may occur during a medical condition such as alopecia or as a side effect to treatments like chemotherapy.
- Alopecia is the partial or complete loss of hair-especially on the scalp-either in patches (alopecia areata), on the entire head (alopecia totalis), or over the entire body (alopecia universalis).