atretic follicle

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a·tret·ic fol·li·cle

(ă-tret'ik fol'i-kĕl)
A follicle that degenerates before coming to maturity; many atretic follicles occur in the ovary before puberty; in the sexually mature woman, several are formed each month.
Synonym(s): corpus atreticum.
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atretic follicle

An ovarian follicle that has undergone degeneration or involution.
See also: follicle
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