Meaning of “follicle” in the English Dictionary

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"follicle" in British English

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folliclenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈfɒl.ɪ.kəl/ us /ˈfɑː.lɪ.kəl/

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  • A gland may be a simple pocket, or follicle, as is an oil gland of the skin, or it may be an aggregate of such glands, as is the liver. 
  • The hair grows from the bottom of the follicle by a multiplication of the cells covering the papilla upon which its root is moulded. 
  • The quantity of hair varies according to the proximity and condition of the follicles. 
  • The saliva is composed of four elementary secretions, derived respectively, from the mucous follicles of the mouth, and the parotid, the submaxillary, and the sublingual glands. 
  • These glands terminating in the hair follicles secrete an oily substance, which bathes and lubricates as well as nourishes the hair. 

(Definition of “follicle” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"follicle" in American English

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folliclenoun [ C ]

us /ˈfɑl·ɪ·kəl/

biology any of the very small holes in the skin that a hair grows from

biology A follicle is also a structure like a small bag in a woman's ovary (= organ that produces eggs) in which an egg develops

(Definition of “follicle” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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