- a small cavity in the epidermis and corium of the skin, from which a hair develops.
Origin of hair follicle
First recorded in 1830–40
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Examples from the Web for hair follicle
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
- a narrow tubular cavity that contains the root of a hair, formed by an infolding of the epidermis and corium of the skin
- 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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