Etymology: Gk, lipos + dys, bad, trophe, nourishment; L, progredior, to go forth
an abnormal accumulation of fat around the buttocks and thighs and a progressive, symmetric disappearance of subcutaneous fat from areas above the pelvis and on the face. Also called lipomatosis atrophicans.
acquired partial lipodystrophyA rare, acquired, partial lipodystrophy of unknown aetiology and onset during childhood, eventually leading to complete loss of subcutaneous fat in the face, neck, trunk and upper limbs. It is more common in females, and may be associated with glomerulonephritis, diabetes, hyperlipidaemia and complement deficiency.