androgenic alopecia(redirected from alopecia hereditaria)
an·dro·gen·ic al·o·pe·ci·aAvoid the incorrect word androgenetic alopecia.
gradual decrease of scalp hair density in adults with transformation of terminal to vellus hairs, which become lost as a result of familial increased susceptibility of hair follicles to androgen secretion following puberty. Two areas of the scalp are commonly affected in men, the frontal and coronal; when it occurs in women it is associated with other evidence of excessive androgen activity, such as hirsutism. Autosomal dominant inheritance. See: female pattern alopecia, male pattern alopecia.
Synonym(s): common baldness