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Descriptor English: Ovarian Follicle
Descriptor Spanish: Folículo Ovárico
Descriptor Portuguese: Folículo Ovariano
Descriptor French: Follicule ovarique
Entry term(s): Atretic Follicle
Atretic Follicles
Follicle, Atretic
Follicle, Graafian
Follicle, Ovarian
Follicles, Atretic
Follicles, Graafian
Follicles, Ovarian
Graafian Follicle
Graafian Follicles
Ovarian Follicles
Tree number(s): A05.360.319.114.630.535
A06.300.312.497.535
RDF Unique Identifier: https://id.nlm.nih.gov/mesh/D006080
Scope note: An OOCYTE-containing structure in the cortex of the OVARY. The oocyte is enclosed by a layer of GRANULOSA CELLS providing a nourishing microenvironment (FOLLICULAR FLUID). The number and size of follicles vary depending on the age and reproductive state of the female. The growing follicles are divided into five stages: primary, secondary, tertiary, Graafian, and atretic. Follicular growth and steroidogenesis depend on the presence of GONADOTROPINS.
Annotation: /cytol: consider also THECA CELLS; GRANULOSA CELLS; for follicular development use /physiol, not /growth
Allowable Qualifiers: AB abnormalities
AH anatomy & histology
BS blood supply
CH chemistry
CY cytology
DE drug effects
DG diagnostic imaging
EM embryology
EN enzymology
GD growth & development
IM immunology
IN injuries
IR innervation
ME metabolism
MI microbiology
PA pathology
PH physiology
PP physiopathology
PS parasitology
RE radiation effects
SU surgery
TR transplantation
UL ultrastructure
VI virology
Public MeSH Note: 99; see GRAAFIAN FOLLICLE 1966-98
History Note: 99
Related: Granulosa Cells MeSH
Ovum MeSH
Theca Cells MeSH
DeCS ID: 6231
Unique ID: D006080
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Date Established: 1999/01/01
Date of Entry: 1999/01/01
Revision Date: 2018/06/30
Ovarian Follicle - Preferred
Concept UI M0009571
Scope note An OOCYTE-containing structure in the cortex of the OVARY. The oocyte is enclosed by a layer of GRANULOSA CELLS providing a nourishing microenvironment (FOLLICULAR FLUID). The number and size of follicles vary depending on the age and reproductive state of the female. The growing follicles are divided into five stages: primary, secondary, tertiary, Graafian, and atretic. Follicular growth and steroidogenesis depend on the presence of GONADOTROPINS.
Preferred term Ovarian Follicle
Entry term(s) Follicle, Ovarian
Follicles, Ovarian
Ovarian Follicles
Graafian Follicle - Narrower
Concept UI M0009572
Scope note The blister-like mature ovarian follicle containing the OVUM surrounded by an accumulation of GRANULOSA CELLS (the cumulus oophorus) and an increasing volume of FOLLICULAR FLUID. The mature Graafian follicle is ready to release the ovum by the process of OVULATION.
Preferred term Graafian Follicle
Entry term(s) Follicle, Graafian
Follicles, Graafian
Graafian Follicles
Atretic Follicle - Narrower
Concept UI M0402964
Scope note A degenerating ovarian follicle as a result of atresia (FOLLICULAR ATRESIA). During atresia, the OOCYTE and GRANULOSA CELLS within the basal lamina die and are replaced by fibrous tissue.
Preferred term Atretic Follicle
Entry term(s) Atretic Follicles
Follicle, Atretic
Follicles, Atretic



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