fol·​li·​cle | \ ˈfä-li-kəl How to pronounce follicle (audio) \

Definition of follicle

1a : a small anatomical cavity or deep narrow-mouthed depression
b : a small lymph node
c : 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

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Other Words from follicle

follicular \ fə-​ˈli-​kyə-​lər How to pronounce follicular (audio) , fä-​ \ adjective

Examples of follicle in a Sentence

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Your hair grows out of little pockets in your skin called follicles. Korin Miller, SELF, "How to Tell If That Bump on Your Bikini Line Is an Ingrown Hair," 7 Jan. 2019 Monitoring typically involves a blood test and a transvaginal ultrasound to see how follicles are progressing, but fertility medications are not used for natural cycle treatments. Jennifer Gerson, Marie Claire, "Health & Fitness," 1 Oct. 2018 The advantage this route has over electrolysis is treating a larger portion at a time, while electrolysis (elaborated on below) is individually ablating one follicle at a time — think waxing versus plucking. Sam Escobar, Good Housekeeping, "8 Gentle and Effective Ways to Remove Facial Hair," 17 Aug. 2018 Once the egg is released, the empty follicle shrinks to form what's called a corpus luteum, which is supposed to make hormones to get ready for the next egg. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Kate Beckinsale Reveals She Went to the Hospital for a Ruptured Ovarian Cyst," 28 Jan. 2019 The hair evolution of Ariana Grande has truly been an enviable follicle journey, mostly because she's managed to define herself with one particular hairstyle — the high ponytail. Devon Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Ariana Grande Poked Fun at Her Ponytail on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”," 6 Sep. 2018 Follicular cysts form when the follicle doesn't let go of the egg and begins to swell up. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Kate Beckinsale Reveals She Went to the Hospital for a Ruptured Ovarian Cyst," 28 Jan. 2019 This helps to keep the follicles clean and unclogged, making them less prone to pimples. Mona Gohara, Good Housekeeping, "5 Reasons You're Getting Back Acne — And How to Make It Go Away," 7 Dec. 2018 Once those follicles are harvested, they are then dissected and reimplanted into an area of the scalp where hair is thinning. Jessica Chia, Allure, "The Best Hair Loss Treatments for Every Budget," 15 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of follicle

1646, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for follicle

New Latin folliculus, from Latin, diminutive of follis bag — more at fool

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The first known use of follicle was in 1646

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English Language Learners Definition of follicle

: a tiny hole in the skin from which a hair grows


fol·​li·​cle | \ ˈfäl-i-kəl How to pronounce follicle (audio) \

Medical Definition of follicle

1 : a small anatomical cavity or deep narrow-mouthed depression especially : a small simple or slightly branched gland : crypt
2 : a small lymph node
3 : a vesicle in the mammalian ovary that contains a developing egg surrounded by a covering of cells : ovarian follicle especially : graafian follicle

Other Words from follicle

follicular \ fə-​ˈlik-​yə-​lər, fä-​ How to pronounce follicular (audio) \ adjective

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