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follicle


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Follicle  \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 
  {Fool}.] 
  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 
  follicle. 
  b  A  simple  gland  or  glandular  cavity;  a  crypt. 
  c  A  small  mass  of  adenoid  tissue;  as  a  lymphatic 
  follicle. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  follicle 
  n  :  any  small  spherical  group  of  cells  containing  a  cavity 




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