You searched for: “hair
crinicole (verb), crinicoles; crinicoled; crinicoling: hair
Living or growing on hair.
This entry is located in the following unit: -cola, -colas; -cole; -colent; -colid; -coline; -colous (page 6)
1. A long slender filament.
2. Especially, in humans and other mammals, one of the filamentous appendages consisting of keratin and growing out of the skin, or of the scalp.

Each hair consists of a cylindrical shaft and a root, which is contained in a flasklike depression (hair follicle) in the corium and subcutaneous tissue. The base of the root is expanded into the hair bulb, which rests upon and encloses the hair papilla.

The three phases from production of a hair to its final shedding are called the hair cycle.

hair, haired, hairless, hairlessness
1. Any of the cylindrical filaments characteristically growing from the epidermis of a mammal.
2. Any of the numerous fine, usually cylindrical, keratinous filaments growing from the skin of humans and animals; a pilus.
3. An aggregate of such filaments, as that covering the human head or forming the coat of most mammals.
4. A similar fine, filamentous outgrowth from the body of insects, spiders, etc.
5. Plants: a filamentous outgrowth of the epidermis.
6. Cloth made of hair from animals; such as, camel and alpaca.
7. A very small amount, degree, measure, magnitude, etc.; a fraction, as of time or space: "He lost the race by a hair."
8. To get into someone's hair; slang, to annoy or bother someone.
9. To let one's hair down:

To relax; behave informally: "She finally let her hair down and actually started to talk to us."

To speak candidly or frankly; to remove or to reduce restraints: "He let his hair down and told them about his marital problems."

10. To make one's hair stand on end, to strike or fill with horror; to terrify: "The stories of his war experiences made our hair stand on end."
11. To split hairs, to make unnecessarily fine or petty distinctions: "To argue about whether they arrived at two o'clock or at one minute after two is just splitting hairs."
12. To tear out one's hair is to manifest extreme anxiety, grief, or anger.
13. To a hair, perfect to the smallest detail; exactly: "The copy matched the original production to a hair."
14. Without turning a hair, without showing the least excitement or emotion.
15. A ball of hair: an accumulation of hair in the stomach or intestines of a cat or other animal as a result of the animal's licking its coat.
hair, hare
hair (HAIR) (noun)
A thin, threadlike growth of the epidermis characteristically on mammals that covers the skin and which may contain pigmentation or color: The hair on Trisha's head was bright red as were her eyelashes.
hare (HAIR) (noun)
One of several fast running, shy mammals with long ears of the family Leporidae or rabbits: The hare lived in Mary's garden and was always on the lookout for dogs.

Some people say that rabbit fur is really simply hare hair.

piline: hair
Of the nature of hair, hairy.
This entry is located in the following units: -ine (page 14) pilo-, pil-, pili- + (page 2)
More possibly related word entries
Units related to: “hair
(Latin: hair, shaggy, bristly, rough)
(Latin: hair)
(Greek: coil; [long flowing] hair; hence, "hair, bristle"; spirochetes, coil-shaped microorganisms)
(Latin: of, pertaining to, or resembling hair; minute [hairlike] blood vessels that connect the arterioles and the venules)
(Greek: spine, bristle; long, flowing hair])
(Latin: curl, ringlet; tuft of hair, fringe; by extension, filament, tendril)
(Latin: a helmet, a cap; head dress, hair style)
(Samples of ancient beard and male and female hair styles)
(Tricho Sales Corporation treated excess hair growth with a "ray of light")
(Latin: adult, mature; sign of maturity, especially the growth of pubic hair; extended to mean the "pubic bone")
(Latin: bristle [short stiff hair on an animal or plant, or a mass of short stiff hairs growing; especially, on a hog's back or a man's face])
(Latin: tuft of hair, fleece; a villus, a small protrusion, especially arising from a mucous membrane)
Word Entries containing the term: “hair
androgenic hair
Hair follicles that exist on much of the human body (including some females) which respond to androgens (primarily testosterone and its derivatives).

Generally, the rate of hair growth increases and the thickness of the hairs increases in direct proportion to the androgen levels; however, different areas respond with different sensitivities.

As puberty progresses, the sequence of appearance of sexual (androgenic) hair reflects the gradations of androgen sensitivity. The pubic area is most sensitive, and heavier hair usually grows there first in response to androgens.

hair follicle
A sac from which a hair grows and into which the sebaceous (oil) glands open.

The follicle is lined by cells derived from the epidermal (outside) layer of the skin.

Each follicle normally goes through a five-year cycle of growth and rest, with about 90% of the follicles growing hair at any one time, averaging about six inches (15 cm) of growth per year.

Derived from the Latin word follis, "bag".

Excerpts of information about hair from several sources

The human hair follicle is a dynamic structure that generates hair through a complex and exquisitely regulated cycle of growth and remodelling governed by numerous genes.
—Siobhán A. Jordan, Molecular Medicine Today
  • Hair follicles are one of the few immunoprivileged parts of the body; that is, they are protected from the immune system so the body doesn't treat them as foreign and attack them.
  • Researchers thus wondered if they might be transplanted from one person to another without triggering an immune response and therefore rejection.
  • Hair follicle cells, donated from the arm of a male scientist, were implanted into the arm of a female scientist.
  • A few weeks later, she grew large, thick, dark hairs, unlike her own, in the area of the transplant.
  • In what is currently a standard hair transplant, follicles are transplanted from one part of the patient's scalp where hair is present, to another where hair is sparse.
  • In other words, more hair is not being created, but just spread around.
  • The amount of coverage that can be obtained depends on how many active hair follicles still remain.
  • On average, the total number of hair follicles for an adult human is estimated at 5 million; with one million on the head, of which 100,000 alone cover the scalp!
  • At the base of the hair follicle are sensory nerve fibers that wrap around each hair bulb.
  • Bending the hair stimulates the nerve endings allowing a person to feel that the hair has been moved.
  • One of the main functions of hair is to act as a sensitive touch receptor.
  • Sebaceous glands are also associated with each hair follicle that produce an oily secretion to help condition the hair and surrounding skin.
  • Human hair consists of the hair shaft, which projects from the skin's surface, and the root, a soft thickened bulb at the base of the hair embedded in the skin.
  • The root ends in the hair bulb.
  • The hair bulb sits in a sac-like pit in the skin called the follicle, from which the hair grows.
  • At the bottom of the follicle is the papilla, where hair growth actually takes place.
  • The papilla contains an artery that nourishes the root of the hair.
  • As cells multiply and produce keratin to harden the structure, they're pushed up the follicle and through the skin's surface as a shaft of hair.
  • Each hair has three layers: (1) the medulla at the center, which is soft; (2) the cortex, which surrounds the medulla and is the main part of the hair; and (3) the cuticle, the hard outer layer that protects the shaft.
  • Hair grows by forming new cells at the base of the root.
  • These cells multiply to form a rod of tissue in the skin.
  • The rods of cells move upward through the skin as new cells form beneath them.
  • As they move up, they're cut off from their supply of nourishment and start to form a hard protein called keratin in a process called keratinization (ker" uh tuh nuh ZAY shun).
  • As this process occurs, the hair cells die.
  • The dead cells and keratin form the shaft of the hair.
  • Each hair grows about one-fourth inch (about six millimeters) every month and keeps on growing for up to six years.
  • The hair then falls out and another grows in its place.
  • The length of a person's hair depends on the length of the growing phase of the follicle.
  • Follicles are active for two to six years; they rest for about three months after that.
  • A person becomes bald if the scalp follicles die and no longer produce new hair.
  • Thick hair grows out of large follicles; narrow follicles produce thin hair.
  • The color of a person's hair is determined by the amount and distribution of melanin in the cortex of each hair (the same melanin that's found in the epidermis).
  • Hair also contains a yellow-red pigment; people who have blonde or red hair have only a small amount of melanin in their hair.
  • This entry is located in the following unit: foll-, folli- (page 2)
    hirsute hair
    1. Having a large amount of hair: "He was young and especially hirsute."
    2. A description of a plant or plant part covered with long stiff hairs; "It was an abnormally hirsute leaf."
    3. Bearing coarse, rough, longish hairs.
    This entry is located in the following unit: hirsute (page 1)
    pilo hair
    Various words about "hair" as seen in this pilo unit.
    This entry is located in the following unit: pilo-, pil-, pili- + (page 2)
    tactile hair (s) (noun), tactile hairs (pl)
    A hair, or hairs, that is sensitive to the sensation of touch: "The patient was able to easily feel it when someone simply touched one of the hairs on his head."
    This entry is located in the following unit: tang-, tact-, tast-, ting-, -tig -tag, -teg- (page 5)