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Medical Term:

traction alopecia


Definition: circumscribed or diffuse loss of hair resulting from repetitive traction on the hair by pulling or twisting; also occurs after excessive application of hair “softeners” such as permanent wave solutions or hot combs. Alopecia marginalis is a form of traction alopecia.

Synonym(s): traumatic alopecia

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