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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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Historical Examples
  • From the hair-follicle also grows out a pair of sebaceous glands, which serve to keep the fully-formed hair moist.

  • This depression takes the form of a sac and is called the hair-follicle, in which the roots of the hair are embedded.

    A Practical Physiology Albert F. Blaisdell
  • A boil is an inflammatory formation having its starting point in a sebaceous-gland, sweat-gland, or hair-follicle.

    Essentials of Diseases of the Skin Henry Weightman Stelwagon
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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