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Follicles of thyroid gland --> folliculi glandulae thyroideae

(Science: physiology) The small spherical vesicular components of the thyroid gland lined with epithelium and containing colloid in varying amounts. The colloid serves for storage of the thyroid hormone precursor, thyroglobulin.

Synonym: follicles of thyroid gland.

Origin: L. A small sac, dim. Of follis, bellows