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a. A small bodily cavity or sac.
b. A crypt or minute cul-de-sac or lacuna, such as the depression in the skin from which the hair emerges.
c. An ovarian follicle.
d. A spherical mass of cells usually containing a cavity.
2. Botany A dry, single-chambered fruit that splits along only one seam to release its seeds, as in larkspur and milkweed.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
1. (Anatomy) any small sac or cavity in the body having an excretory, secretory, or protective function: a hair follicle.
2. (Botany) botany a dry fruit, formed from a single carpel, that splits along one side only to release its seeds: occurs in larkspur and columbine
[C17: from Latin folliculus small bag, from follis pair of bellows, leather money-bag]
follicular, folliculate, folˈlicuˌlated adj
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
fol•li•cle(ˈfɒl ɪ kəl)
a. a small cavity, sac, or gland.
b. one of the small ovarian sacs containing a maturing ovum; Graafian follicle.
2. a dry seed pod consisting of a single carpel, splitting at maturity along the front of the seam.
[1640–50; < Latin folliculus small bag, shell, pod =folli(s) bag, purse + -culus -cle1]
fol•lic•u•lar (fəˈlɪk yə lər) fol•lic′u•late (-lɪt, -ˌleɪt) fol•lic′u•lat`ed, adj.
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
1. A small, protective sac in the body. In most vertebrate animals, fertilized eggs develop in follicles located in the ovaries. In mammals, hair develops and grows from follicles in the skin.
2. A dry fruit that has a single chamber and splits open along only one seam to release its seeds. Milkweed pods are follicles.
The American Heritage® Student Science Dictionary, Second Edition. Copyright © 2014 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
A small secreting cavity or sac. Ova (egg cells) develop in follicles in the female ovaries. See hair follicle.
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|Noun||1.||follicle - any small spherical group of cells containing a cavity|
vesicle, cyst - a small anatomically normal sac or bladderlike structure (especially one containing fluid)
hair follicle - a small tubular cavity containing the root of a hair; small muscles and sebaceous glands are associated with them
Graafian follicle - a vascular body in a mammalian ovary enclosing a developing egg
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follicle[ˈfɒlɪkl] N → folículo m
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005
follicle[ˈfɒlɪkəl] n → follicule m
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
n → Follikel nt
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007
follicle[ˈfɒlɪkl] n → follicolo
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
n. folículo, saco, bolsa, depresión o cavidad excretora;
atretic ___ → ___ atrésico;
gastric ___ → ___ gástrico;
hair ___ → ___ piloso;
ovarian ___ → ___ ovárico;
thyroid ___ → ___ tiroideo.
English-Spanish Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012
folliclen folículo; hair — folículo piloso; ovarian — folículo ovárico
English-Spanish/Spanish-English Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.