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

Other Words from follicle

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

Examples of follicle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Virtue's thickening shampoo does more than just deeply cleanse and remove debris from the follicle. Sophie Dweck, Town & Country, 6 June 2022 This Curl & Shine Conditioner softens the hair from the follicle to the ends of your hair and locks in moisture to ensure snag-free curls. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 26 May 2022 Existing birth control pills — based on the hormones estrogen and progesterone — prevent ovulation, the final stage in a follicle’s life cycle where an egg is released from the ovary to potentially become fertilized. Ryan Cross,, 19 May 2022 Scalp psoriasis can also be itchy, and scratching and picking the scalp can exacerbate follicle damage and increase hair loss. Melanie Rud, SELF, 26 May 2022 Prior to the follicle confusion, Kardashian thanked Ripley's for loaning her the dress in the first place. Glenn Garner,, 9 May 2022 An ovarian follicle that doesn’t release an egg may develop a cyst on the ovary, but the exact cause of ovarian cysts is difficult to define. Serena Coady, SELF, 25 Feb. 2022 If a follicle is attached or a nearby scat pile identified, Halfpenny said, researchers might have valuable DNA information to submit to Yellowstone Wolf Project, which collects data on wolves and other rare mammals. Tim Fitzsimons, NBC News, 12 Mar. 2022 The black colour, Dr Mahto explains, results from the debris within the follicle reacting with oxygen in the air. Jacqueline Kilikita,, 28 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of follicle

1715, 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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24 Jun 2022

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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 follicle (audio) \ adjective

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