follicle

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noun fol·li·cle \ˈfä-li-kəl\

Definition of follicle

  1. 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. 2 :  a dry dehiscent one-celled many-seeded fruit (as of the milkweed) that has a single carpel and opens along one suture

follicular

play \fə-ˈli-kyə-lər, fä-\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of follicle

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


First Known Use: 1646


FOLLICLE Defined for English Language Learners

follicle

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Definition of follicle for English Language Learners

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


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follicle

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noun fol·li·cle \ˈfäl-i-kəl\

Medical Definition of follicle

  1. 1:  a small anatomical cavity or deep narrow-mouthed depression; especially :  a small simple or slightly branched gland :  crypt

  2. 2:  a small lymph node

  3. 3:  a vesicle in the mammalian ovary that contains a developing egg surrounded by a covering of cells :  ovarian follicle; especially :  graafian follicle

follicular

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