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hair follicle

noun, Anatomy
a small cavity in the epidermis and corium of the skin, from which a hair develops.
Origin of hair follicle
1830-40 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for hair follicle
  • Each of these muscles is attached to a hair follicle.
  • Damage to the hair follicle allows these bacteria to enter deeper into the tissues of the follicle and the tissue underneath.
  • Baldness in general occurs when the hair follicle shrinks over time, resulting in shorter and finer hair.
  • Within every hair follicle is a population of melanocyte stem cells.
British Dictionary definitions for hair follicle

hair follicle

a narrow tubular cavity that contains the root of a hair, formed by an infolding of the epidermis and corium of the skin
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hair follicle in Medicine

hair follicle n.
A deep narrow pit that is formed by the tubular invagination of the epidermis and corium and encloses the root of the hair.

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