Root sheath

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Root sheath
Transverse section of hair follicle.
Gray's subject #234 1068
Dorlands/Elsevier s_10/12733034

The inner or epidermic coat of the hair follicle is closely adherent to the root of the hair, and consists of two strata named respectively the outer and inner root sheaths;

The outer root sheath corresponds with the stratum mucosum (Stratum germinativum and Stratum Spinosum)[1] of the epidermis, and resembles it in the rounded form and soft character of its cells; at the bottom of the hair follicle these cells become continuous with those of the root of the hair.

The inner root sheath consists of

  • (1) a delicate cuticle next the hair, composed of a single layer of imbricated scales with atrophied nuclei;
  • (2) Huxley's layer
  • (3) Henle's layer

The term "trichilemmal" refers to the outer root sheath.[2]


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