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Meaning of FOLLICLE

Pronunciation:  'fâlukul

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  any small spherical group of cells containing a cavity

FOLLICLE is a 8 letter word that starts with F.


 See Also: cyst, Graafian follicle, hair follicle, vesicle



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Fol"li*cle\, n. [L. folliculus a small bag, husk, pod,
dim of follis bellows, an inflated ball, a leathern money
bag, perh. akin to E. bellows: cf. F. follicule. Cf. 2d
1. (Bot.) A simple podlike pericarp which contains several
   seeds and opens along the inner or ventral suture, as in
   the peony, larkspur and milkweed.

2. (Anat.)
   (a) A small cavity, tubular depression, or sac; as, a hair
   (b) A simple gland or glandular cavity; a crypt.
   (c) A small mass of adenoid tissue; as, a lymphatic

Biology Dictionary
  1. A dry, dehiscent fruit formed from one carpel and dehiscing along the line of fusion of its edges.
  2. A small, narrow sac found in certain organs or tissues. Examples are hair follicles in the skin, which are found at the bases of individual hairs, and follicles in the ovary which contain developing oocytes (proto-ovums).
Thesaurus Terms
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