follicle

noun
fol·li·cle | \ˈfä-li-kəl \

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, fä- \ adjective

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Next, she and her colleagues plan to push the limits of follicle development in their artificial ovary. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "How Artificial Ovaries Could Expand Fertility Options For Chemo Patients," 5 July 2018 But this scalp massage strengthens that follicle, which in turn strengthens the hairs that grow from it. Adam Hurly, GQ, "Here's How to Fix Your Dry, Itchy Scalp," 15 June 2018 The Australian study, published in JAMA, included 824 women planning to undergo I.V.F. Half received acupuncture and half sham acupuncture a week before follicle stimulation and then again before and after transfer of the embryo. Nicholas Bakalar, New York Times, "Acupuncture Does Not Improve Pregnancy Rates," 17 May 2018 Hypothalamic hypogonadism: This condition happens when your ovaries produce little or no gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH), follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), and luteinizing hormone (LH), according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine. Korin Miller, SELF, "How Long Does a Period Last, Normally?," 17 May 2018 The pigment in the follicles absorbs the light and that destroys the hair. Chloe Malle, Vogue, "Laser Hair Removal: Is It Really Worth It?," 2 May 2018 They are known to cause dormant follicles to resume hair production, and maintain the new hair. Bradley J. Fikes, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Hair regrowth treatment now being tested in women by La Jolla's Histogen," 12 July 2018 Those short hairs, sticking straight up from their follicles, may even appear coarser. Dina Fine Maron, Scientific American, "Fact or Fiction?: If You Shave (or Wax), Your Hair Will Come Back Thicker," 26 Aug. 2014 Pors then seeded this scaffold with immature human or mouse follicles and grafted the complex into female mice. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "How Artificial Ovaries Could Expand Fertility Options For Chemo Patients," 5 July 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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follicle

noun

English Language Learners Definition of follicle

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

follicle

noun
fol·li·cle | \ˈfäl-i-kəl \

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- \ adjective

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