hair follicle

noun
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

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

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First Known Use of hair follicle

1838


Medical Dictionary

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

Illustration of hair follicle


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