Definition of Poliosis

1. Noun. Loss of color from the hair.

Generic synonyms: Depigmentation



Medical Definition of Poliosis

1. A patchy absence or lessening of melanin in hair of the scalp, brows, or lashes, due to lack of pigment in the epidermis; it occurs in several hereditary syndromes but may be caused by inflammation, irradiation, or infection such as herpes zoster. Synonym: trichopoliosis. Origin: G., fr. Polios, gray (05 Mar 2000)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Poliosis

polioencephalomeningomyelitis
polioencephalomyelitis
polioencephalopathy
poliomyelencephalitis
poliomyelitic
poliomyelitides
poliomyelitis
poliomyelitis immune globulin
poliomyelitis immunoglobulin
poliomyelitis vaccines
poliomyelitis virus
poliomyeloencephalitis
poliomyelopathy
poliorcetics
polios
poliosis (current term)
poliovirus
poliovirus hominis
poliovirus vaccine
poliovirus vaccines
polioviruses
polis
polises
polish
polish off
polish up
polishabilities
polishability
polishable
polished

Literary usage of Poliosis

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1. Pathology and treatment of diseases of the skin: For Practitioners and Students by Moriz Kaposi (1895)
"ATROPHY OF THE HAIR PIGMENT manifests itself by the hair turning gray—canities, poliosis. The hair appears silver gray or white. ..."

2. The study of medicine by John Mason Good, Samuel Cooper (1829)
"GRAY HAIR. HAIRS PREMATURELY GRAY OR HOARY. THE SPECIFIC term poliosis is a Greek derivative from GEK.IX. , " candidus," " canus ..."

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