- a small cavity, sac, or gland.
- one of the small ovarian sacs containing an immature ovum; Graafian follicle.
Origin of follicle
Examples from the Web for follicle
Contemporary Examples of follicle
First up is John Edwards, who will show Romney how to achieve that dry-hair look while keeping every follicle in place.Runaway Governor: The Sequel
June 23, 2009
High levels of Follicle Stimulating Hormone knocks us out of contention, unless we go to a specialist clinic.Nobody Loves My $20,000 Baby
December 3, 2008
Historical Examples of follicle
The follicle, which splits on one side only, through the placenta.Field and Woodland Plants
William S. Furneaux
A hair, broken or unbroken, frequently pierces the follicle.Scurvy Past and Present
Alfred Fabian Hess
This bursting of the follicle has not actually been observed.Schenk's Theory: The Determination of Sex
Samuel Leopold Schenk
An ovum becomes mature, breaks through its Graafian follicle in the ovary and is set free.Woman
William J. Robinson
This is now enlarged by the breaking down of the remaining tissue of the follicle, then of the submucosa.
Word Origin for follicle
early 15c., from French follicule or directly from Latin folliculus "little bag," diminutive of follis "bellows, inflated ball," from PIE *bhol-n-, suffixed form of root *bhel- (2) "to blow, swell" (see bole).