hair follicle

hair follicle
noun
a small tubular cavity containing the root of a hair; small muscles and sebaceous glands are associated with them
Hypernyms: ↑follicle

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noun
: the tubular epithelial sheath surrounding the lower part of a hair shaft and enclosing at the bottom a vascular papilla that supplies the growing basal part of the hair with nourishment — compare root

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Anat.
a small cavity in the epidermis and corium of the skin, from which a hair develops. See illus. under hair.
[1830-40]

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hair follicle,
the cavity in the skin from which a hair grows.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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