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atrichia (ay-TRIK-ee-uh) noun

Absence of hair, typically congenital. Also called atrichosis.

[From Greek a- (not) + trich- (hair).]

"Who needs atrichia?" Jonathan Yardley; Words to Live By; The Washington Post; Apr 20, 1994.

"Other work has shown that a malfunctioning hairless gene can cause another hair-loss disorder, called papular atrichia." Researchers Exploring Roles of 'Hairless' Gene; Columbian (Vancouver, Washington); Oct 22, 2001.

This week's theme: hair today, gone tomorrow.

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