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total or partial loss or absence of hair, especially absence of the hair from the scalp; called also alopecia.
common baldness androgenetic alopecia; in men called common male baldness and in women called common female baldness.
male pattern baldness see androgenetic alopecia.


Absence or loss of hair.
Synonym(s): baldness, calvities, pelade
[G. alōpekia, a disease resembling fox mange, fr. alōpēx, a fox]


A general term for hairlessness of the head.

• Male pattern baldness—hair loss at the front and vertex;
• Alopecia areata—patchy hair loss;
• Alopecia capitis totalis—total hair loss on the head.


Complete or partial absence or loss of hair. Results from normal aging, endocrine disorders, skin disease, or drug reactions (especially various forms of chemotherapy).
Synonym(s): baldness.
[G. alōpekia, a disease resembling fox mange, fr. alōpēx, a fox]


Lack of or partial loss of hair on the head. See: alopecia
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male-pattern baldness

The typical pattern of baldness in males in which the baldness begins in the frontal area and proceeds until only a horseshoe area of hair remains in the back and at the temples. It is due to testosterone, but genetic predisposition is also a factor. Baldness does not usually occur in males having no familial tendency to become bald. Minoxidil or finasteride has helped stimulate growth of hair in some individuals. Synonym: male-pattern alopecia See: illustration


Premature hair loss. Male baldness is common and is thought to be due to an AUTOSOMAL gene that behaves in a DOMINANT manner in males and in a RECESSIVE MANNER in females. This is called a sex-influenced trait. See also ALOPECIA.

Patient discussion about baldness

Q. What medications cause hair loss? I have RA, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, allergies and depression for which I take medication. Which of these cause hair loss?

A. any one of them can, you need to ask your pharmacist about it

Q. Will my hair fall off if I have leukemia? I was diagnosed with ALL and I have to pass on a series of chemotherapy treatments, will my hair fall off? What are the side effects of chemotherapy?

A. Sorry but Yes. Most chemotherapy drugs that will be used do have the side effect of hair loss. However, this will only be temporary and your hair will grow back, probably even better than before! This is just a minor setback, not to be concerned about it..

Q. Do you know if Propecia can truly stop hair loss and even grow back hair. do you have any statistics about it? do you know if there are any side effects to this medication?

A. it does work but there is some side affects, as in E.D. while you are on the med.

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Symptoms: Hair loss at the temples, receding to the crown with a gradually receding hairline.
"All of a sudden, here comes a guy in a black and white suit, with a moustache and a receding hairline, playing a guitar and singing Rose Marie," Whitman said in 1991.
EARLY signs of ageing, such as a receding hairline, could mean you have a 57 per cent higher risk of heart attack, claims research from the University of Copenhagen.
He had short brown hair and a receding hairline, and was wearing a white T-shirt possibly with a motif on the chest area.
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Looking quizzically at John's receding hairline, one of the pupils innocently asked: "Is that what happened to you mister?"
But he will be remembered by City fans for the beard that complemented his receding hairline and the shorts which bordered on the obscene at the best of times and looked all the more, well, Continental when he was assuming the resting position with Martin Singleton during a pre-season training session.
With turkey neck and receding hairline in full effect, the former heartthrob falls back on his natural charm to play a seemingly respectable businessman who, thanks to the murderous encouragement of a imaginary friend (William Hurt in full ham mode) spends his evenings as a serial killer.
The man is described as being white, between 5ft 9 and 5ft 10 with very short hair and a receding hairline. He had a poor complexion and was unshaven.
Would a 40-year-old with a receding hairline (Teddy Sheringham) be the partner of the 22-year-old Miss Great Britain if he was stacking shelves in Tesco for a living?
He has short cropped hair, a slightly receding hairline and what looks like a beard and moustache.