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anagen

Line breaks: ana¦gen
Pronunciation: /ˈanədʒ(ə)n
 
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Definition of anagen in English:

noun

[mass noun] Physiology
The growing phase of a hair follicle. Often contrasted with telogen.
Example sentences
  • On the scalp of patients who are predisposed to the condition, androgens lead to miniaturisation, a switch from terminal to vellus or vellus-like follicles, and a reduction in the duration of anagen.
  • Telogen effluvium is diffuse hair loss caused by any condition or situation that shifts the normal distribution of follicles in anagen to a telogen-predominant distribution.
  • Elsewhere, cysts containing central keratinous material were associated with a peripheral basaloid epithelial proliferation showing the formation of buds mimicking abortive anagen hair follicles.

Origin

1920s: from ana- + -gen.

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