Definition of follicle
1a : a small anatomical cavity or deep narrow-mouthed depressionb : a small lymph nodec : a vesicle in the mammalian ovary that contains a developing egg surrounded by a covering of cells; especially : graafian follicle
2 : a dry dehiscent one-celled many-seeded fruit (as of the milkweed) that has a single carpel and opens along one suture
follicularplay \fə-ˈli-kyə-lər, fä-\ adjective
Recent Examples of follicle from the Web
After such a great deal of time, my follicles were still as strong as ever and but a few small patches had responded to treatment.
Marta Camkiran, senior esthetician at New York City's Haven Spa, also stresses shaving in the direction of hair growth to avoid irritating the follicles.
Those with high sensitivity will be the first to experience a weakening in their follicles.
The air in a spacecraft is full of hair follicles and dead skin floating around.
The chilled, tight, helmet-type hats constrict blood vessels and possibly prevent chemo from reaching hair follicles, according to breastcancer.org.
Dr. Andy Huang told her while seeing multiple follicles and a viable egg.
The Simple Rx: Unplug the clogged hair follicle with exfoliating ingredients, such as glycolic acid and salicylic acid.
A. Hair goes gray as cells called melanocytes at the base of each hair follicle get damaged by disease, environmental exposures or simply age.
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FOLLICLE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of follicle for English Language Learners
: a tiny hole in the skin from which a hair grows
Medical Definition of follicle
follicular\fə-ˈlik-yə-lər, fä-\play adjective
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