hair follicle

noun Anatomy.
a small cavity in the epidermis and corium of the skin, from which a hair develops.

Origin:
1830–40

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hair follicle
 
n
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 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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Example sentences
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.
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