hair follicle

noun

Definition of hair follicle

: the tubular epithelial sheath that surrounds the lower part of the hair shaft and encloses at the bottom a vascular papilla supplying the growing basal part of the hair with nourishment — see hair illustration

Examples of hair follicle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The spiral shape of the hair follicle and hair shaft predispose the hair to breakage. Loren Savini, Allure, "How to Stop Hair Breakage Before It Starts," 12 Nov. 2020 Blaisure agrees, adding that certain vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids are necessary for healthy hair follicle function and growth. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "How to Make Your Hair Grow Thicker, According to Experts," 19 Oct. 2020 One way to prevent the hair follicle from getting plugged is to use a good face wash, Mark said. Madison O'connor, USA TODAY, "Foggy glasses? Mask acne? How to solve 5 pandemic annoyances – without taking off the mask," 19 Aug. 2020 One way to prevent the hair follicle from getting plugged is to use a good face wash, Mark said. Madison O'connor, USA TODAY, "Foggy glasses? Mask acne? How to solve 5 pandemic annoyances – without taking off the mask," 19 Aug. 2020 These actions can damage the hair follicle, and once it's harmed, the strand doesn't always grow back. Jennifer Aldrich, Better Homes & Gardens, "Everything You Need to Know About Microblading, the Semi-Permanent Treatment for Fuller Brows," 21 Sep. 2020 One way to prevent the hair follicle from getting plugged is to use a good face wash, Mark said. Madison O'connor, USA TODAY, "Foggy glasses? Mask acne? How to solve 5 pandemic annoyances – without taking off the mask," 19 Aug. 2020 One way to prevent the hair follicle from getting plugged is to use a good face wash, Mark said. Madison O'connor, USA TODAY, "Foggy glasses? Mask acne? How to solve 5 pandemic annoyances – without taking off the mask," 19 Aug. 2020 This is basically inflammation of the hair follicle caused either by a bacteria (most commonly a staph infection) or irritation from shaving, heavy conditioners, potent hair dyes, and excessive sweating. Mona Gohara, Good Housekeeping, "7 Scalp Conditions That Cause Bumps or Spots — And How to Treat Them," 27 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of hair follicle

1838, in the meaning defined above

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“Hair follicle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hair%20follicle. Accessed 5 Dec. 2020.

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hair follicle

noun

Medical Definition of hair follicle

: the tubular epithelial sheath that surrounds the lower part of the hair shaft and encloses at the bottom a vascular papilla supplying the growing basal part of the hair with nourishment

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