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thinning or loss of hair as a result of illness, functional disorder, or hereditary disposition; also known as alopecia. Male pattern baldness, a genetic trait, is the most common cause of baldness among white males. It is carried by females, but they are rarely susceptible inasmuch as it develops under the influence of testosterone, a male sex hormone; women, however, may experience an overall thinning of the hair. Hair loss begins at the forehead and crown and is slowly progressive. Male pattern baldness may be cosmetically disguised by hair-follicle transplants. Drug treatments with minoxidil (Rogaine) or finasteride (Propecia) have been used with limited effectiveness.

Diseases characterized by high fever (e.g., scarlet and typhoid fevers), malnutrition, chemotherapy, and glandular disorders can all cause balding. Treatment of the disease or dysfunction will usually halt the loss of hair, and if the scalp and hair follicles are not severely damaged, hair will usually regrow spontaneously. Scalp infection, oiliness or dirtiness of the scalp and hair, and excessive teasing and lacquering of hair are also conducive to baldness. Alopecia areata is a disease of unknown origin characterized by noninflamed bald patches in the scalp hair and beard. It is recurrent but is usually of short duration.


Loss or absence of hair.


mistaking his bald head for a rock, an eagle dropped a tortoise on it, thus killing him. [Gk. Legend: Brewer Dictionary, 13]
(the Frog) name given infant by wolves for hairlessness. [Children’s Lit.: The Jungle Book]
bald eagle
U.S. national bird whose white head looks bald. [Am. Hist.: EB, I: 753]
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They have got a grip on diet, exercise and moisturisers, it is difficult, given no receding hairline, to pinpoint a woman's age past about 30.
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.
Her team studied almost 11,000 men and women aged 40 years and older noting four key signs of ageing - receding hairline, crown top baldness, earlobe creases, and yellow fatty deposits around the eyes.
The Massager sends vibratory waves of constant speed to increase blood flow to the scalp & help hair grow thicker You'll notice how your hair recovers density and your receding hairline starts to regain lost ground.
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.
The man police want to speak to is described as white and in his early 50s, with a broad build, a receding hairline and is unshaven with chubby cheeks.
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.
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?
It may be an amateur production, but some of the acting in Brassed Off is ropey to say the least and the play suffers from the frankly bizarre decision to cast a fully grown man with a receding hairline and a five o'clock shadow in the role of eight-year old Shane Armstrong.
His cap will conceal a premature receding hairline and shaven head, though the goatee will be clearly visible.