Definitions for hair follicle

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

hair′ fol`licle(n.)

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

    Category: Anatomy

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. hair follicle(noun)

    a small tubular cavity containing the root of a hair; small muscles and sebaceous glands are associated with them


  1. Hair follicle

    A hair follicle is a mammalian skin organ that produces hair. Hair production occurs in phases, including growth, cessation, and rest phases. Stem cells are responsible for hair production.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Hair Follicle

    A tube-like invagination of the EPIDERMIS from which the hair shaft develops and into which SEBACEOUS GLANDS open. The hair follicle is lined by a cellular inner and outer root sheath of epidermal origin and is invested with a fibrous sheath derived from the dermis. (Stedman, 26th ed) Follicles of very long hairs extend into the subcutaneous layer of tissue under the SKIN.


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