from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Loss of hair; baldness.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Baldness.
  • n. Deficiency of the hair, may be caused by failure to grow or loss after growth.
  • n. Loss of hair (especially on the head) or loss of wool or feathers, which either happens naturally or is caused by disease.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Loss of the hair; baldness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Baldness; loss of hair. Also written alopecy.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. loss of hair (especially on the head) or loss of wool or feathers; in humans it can result from heredity or hormonal imbalance or certain diseases or drugs and treatments (chemotherapy for cancer)


Latin alōpecia, fox-mange, from Greek alōpekiā, from alōpēx, alōpek-, fox; see wl̥p-ē- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin alopecia, from the Greek ἀλωπεκία (alōpekia, "fox-mange"), from ἀλώπηξ (alōpēx, "fox") + -ia, (a formative ending used in Greek, especially used in naming diseases) (Wiktionary)



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