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baldness

 [bawld´nes]
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.

al·o·pe·ci·a

(al'ō-pē'shē-ă),
Absence or loss of hair.
Synonym(s): baldness, calvities, pelade
[G. alōpekia, a disease resembling fox mange, fr. alōpēx, a fox]

baldness

/bald·ness/ (bawld´nes) alopecia, especially of the scalp.
male pattern baldness  see androgenetic alopecia, under alopecia.

baldness

Etymology: ME, balled
absence of hair, especially from the scalp. See also alopecia.

baldness

A general term for hairlessness of the head.

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

al·o·pe·ci·a

(al-ō-pē'shē-ă)
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]

baldness

(bald'nes)
Lack of or partial loss of hair on the head. See: alopecia
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MALE PATTERN BALDNESS

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
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baldness

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.

baldness

absence of hair; alopecia.

pattern baldness
occurs in dogs as hair loss of the ears in Dachshunds, predominantly males; hair loss on the ventral neck, caudomedial thighs and tail in American water spaniels and Portuguese water dogs; and hair loss on the postauricular areas, ventral and neck and ventral body in dogs of several small breeds.

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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