from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Biology A small stalk or stalklike structure, especially one supporting or connecting an organ or other body part. Also called pedicel.
  • n. Medicine A slender footlike or stemlike part, as at the base of a tumor.
  • n. Medicine Part of a skin or tissue graft that is left temporarily attached to the original site.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A fleshy line used to attach and anchor brachiopods and some bivalve molluscs to a substrate.
  • n. The attachment point for antlers in cervids.
  • n. A stalk that attaches a tumour to normal tissue

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Same as pedicel.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A foot-iron. Compare manacle (originally manicle).
  • n. A pedicel or peduncle.
  • n. Specifically — The bony process supporting the antler of the Cervidæ, or deer family.
  • n. The foot of the neural arch of a vertebra, usually a contracted part of such an arch (in comparison with its lamina), whereby the arch joins the body or centrum of the vertebra. The pedicles of any two contiguous vertebræ circumscribe the intervertebral foramina for the exit of spinal nerves. Synonyms See peduncle.
  • n.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a small stalk bearing a single flower of an inflorescence; an ultimate division of a common peduncle


Latin pediculus, diminutive of pēs, ped-, foot; see pedicel.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin pedīculus ("little foot"), diminutive of pēs. (Wiktionary)



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