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[fas-i-kuh l] /ˈfæs ɪ kəl/
a section of a book or set of books being published in installments as separate pamphlets or volumes.
a small bundle, tight cluster, or the like.
Botany. a close cluster, as of flowers or leaves.
Anatomy. a small bundle of nerve or muscle fibers.
Origin of fascicle
1490-1500; < Latin fasciculus, diminutive of fascis. See fasces, -cle1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The fascicle of light that it emits has a perfect concentration.

  • The variations are mainly in the number of leaves in the fascicle.

    The Genus Pinus George Russell Shaw
  • The collar with a dark area ventrad and also dorsad of the fascicle.

  • Sometimes, on the other hand, Danaë has a fascicle of flowers inserted on the middle of the upper surface, as in Ruscus.

    Vegetable Teratology

    Maxwell T. Masters
  • The name Phacelia is from a Greek word signifying a fascicle, or bunch, and refers to the fascicled or clustered flower-racemes.

  • The cross-section of a cotyledon is, therefore, a triangle whose angles vary with the number composing the fascicle.

    The Genus Pinus George Russell Shaw
  • Theoretically the leaf, in section, should indicate the number of leaves composing its fascicle.

    The Genus Pinus George Russell Shaw
  • No fascicle of five leaves, that I have examined, is equally apportioned among its five members.

    The Genus Pinus George Russell Shaw
  • Therefore if absolute certainty is required, a fascicle of triquetral leaves is best determined by actual count.

    The Genus Pinus George Russell Shaw
  • It can be recognized at once by the connate leaves that form the fascicle or by the remarkable stout curved peduncle of its cone.

    The Genus Pinus George Russell Shaw
British Dictionary definitions for fascicle


a bundle or cluster of branches, leaves, etc
(anatomy) Also called fasciculus. a small bundle of fibres, esp nerve fibres
(printing) another name for fascicule
any small bundle or cluster
Derived Forms
fascicled, adjective
fascicular (fəˈsɪkjʊlə), fasciculate (fəˈsɪkjʊˌleɪt; -lɪt) adjective
fasciculately, adverb
fasciculation, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin fasciculus a small bundle, from fascis a bundle
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Word Origin and History for fascicle

1620s, from Latin fasciculus "a small bundle, a bunch," diminutive of fascis (see fasces). As "part of a work published in installments," 1640s (also fascicule, from French). Related: Fasciculate; fasciculation.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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fascicle in Medicine

fascicle fas·ci·cle (fās'ĭ-kəl)
See fasciculus.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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fascicle in Science
A bundle or cluster of stems, flowers, or leaves, such as the bundles in which pine needles grow.
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