Follicle : Definition

Follicle

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Definitions of Follicle

Pronunciation : Fol"li*cle
Part of Speech : n.
Etymology : [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 Fool.]
Definition : 1. (Bot.)

Defn: 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 follicle. (b) A simple gland or glandular cavity; a crypt. (c) A small mass of adenoid tissue; as, a lymphatic follicle.
Source : Webster's Unabridged Dictionary, 1913

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