an·​a·​gen | \ ˈa-nə-ˌjen How to pronounce anagen (audio) \

Definition of anagen

: the active phase of the hair growth cycle that precedes catagen and telogen, that is marked by rapid division and differentiation of cells in the lower portion of the hair follicle and by lengthening of the hair shaft, and that typically lasts between two to six years

Note: At any given time, approximately 80 to 90% of hair follicles are in anagen.

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When placed against the scalp for eight minutes three times a week, the laser light seems to have the ability to take dormant hair follicles that are in the resting, or nongrowth, phase into the anagen, or growth, phase. Nicole Catanese, Harper's BAZAAR, "Can You Make Your Hair Grow Faster?," 28 Aug. 2015 The subsequent decline in estrogen levels and rise of the stress hormone cortisol causes hair to move from the anagen cycle (growth) to the telogen phase (shedding), Wesley describes. Priya Rao, Vogue, "How to Deal With Post-Pregnancy Hair Loss, According to the Experts," 19 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of anagen

1926, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for anagen

ana- + -gen

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an·​a·​gen | \ ˈan-ə-ˌjen How to pronounce anagen (audio) \

Medical Definition of anagen

: the active phase of the hair growth cycle preceding catagen and telogen The initial step, anagen, provides the active growth of the hair fiber, during which cells at the base of the follicle rapidly divide.— Damaris Christensen, Science News, 20 Oct. 2001

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