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hair follicle

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

First recorded in 1830–40
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Examples from the Web for hair follicle

Historical Examples

  • From the hair-follicle also grows out a pair of sebaceous glands, which serve to keep the fully-formed hair moist.

    The Cambridge Natural History, Vol X., Mammalia

    Frank Evers Beddard

  • 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

  1. 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

  1. 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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