Terminal hair

Author: Prof. Dr. med. Peter Altmeyer

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Last updated on: 29.10.2020

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Bristle Hair

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From the vellus hair (under androgen influence) developed, large, strong (about 70um thick), pigmented hair.

The terminal hairs include:

  • Body hair: makes up about 90% of body hair in men and about 35% in women. Between 80,000 and 120,000 erminal hairs are found on the capillitium. Their density is 180-350/cm2.
  • Bristle hair: eyebrows, eyelashes.
  • Long hair: head, beard, armpits and pubic region.
  • Sexual hair: special form of terminal hair, which develops during puberty under the influence of androgens on certain parts of the body (axillae, genital regions, in men the beard and body regions).

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Hair (overview); Vellus hair;


Last updated on: 29.10.2020