Allopathy: The system of medical practice which treats disease by the use of remedies which produce effects different from those produced by the disease under treatment. MDs practice allopathic medicine.
The term “allopathy” was coined in 1842 by C.F.S. Hahnemann to designate the usual practice of medicine (allopathy) as opposed to homeopathy, the system of therapy that he founded based on the concept that disease can be treated with drugs (in minute doses) thought capable of producing the same symptoms in healthy people as the disease itself.
ALMS1: A gene on chromosome 2p13. Alstrom syndrome is caused by mutation of ALMS1.
Alogia: 1. Complete lack of speech, as in profound mental retardation or advanced dementia. Alogia is synonymous in this sense with aphasia. 2. Poverty of speech, as commonly occurs in schizophrenia. From the Greek a-, without + logos, speech.
Baldness. There are many types of alopecia, each with a different cause. Alopecia may be localized to the front and top of the head as in common male pattern baldness. It may be patchy as in a condition called alopecia areata. A variant of alopecia involves the entire head and is called alopecia capitis totalis. […]
- Alopecia areata
Patchy baldness that typically begins with rapid hair loss on discrete areas of the scalp and sometimes progresses to complete baldness and even loss of body hair. The characteristic diagnostic finding is short, broken hairs called ‘exclamation point’ hairs. Alopecia areata affects both males and females and, most often, children and young adults. It seems […]
- Alopecia capitis totalis
Alopecia capitis totalis: Loss of all scalp hair, with normal hair elsewhere on the body remaining.