|1.||any small sac or cavity in the body having an excretory, secretory, or protective function: a hair follicle|
|2.||botany a dry fruit, formed from a single carpel, that splits along one side only to release its seeds: occurs in larkspur and columbine|
|[C17: from Latin folliculus small bag, from follis pair of bellows, leather money-bag]|
follicle fol·li·cle (fŏl'ĭ-kəl)
A small bodily cavity or sac.
A crypt or minute cul-de-sac or lacuna, such as the depression in the skin from which the hair emerges.
An ovarian follicle.
A spherical mass of cells usually containing a cavity.
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