catagen

noun
cat·​a·​gen | \ ˈka-tə-ˌjen How to pronounce catagen (audio) \

Definition of catagen

: a short transitional phase of the hair growth cycle between anagen and telogen that usually lasts between 10 to 20 days and during which the lower portion of the hair follicle regresses and hair growth ends In catagen, the hair follicle stops producing the fiber and regresses, shrinking dramatically.— Damaris Christensen

First Known Use of catagen

1926, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for catagen

cata- + -gen

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“Catagen.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/catagen. Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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catagen

noun
cat·​a·​gen | \ ˈka-tə-ˌjen How to pronounce catagen (audio) \

Medical Definition of catagen

: a short transitional phase of the hair growth cycle between anagen and telogen that usually lasts between 10 to 20 days and during which the lower portion of the hair follicle regresses and hair growth ends Anagen is followed by a regressive stage called catagen, of about two to three weeks, then a resting stage, telogen, of about three months.— C. Claiborne Ray In catagen, the hair follicle stops producing the fiber and regresses, shrinking dramatically.— Damaris Christensen

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