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[ped-uh-suh l, -sel]
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  1. Botany.
    1. a small stalk.
    2. an ultimate division of a common peduncle.
    3. one of the subordinate stalks in a branched inflorescence, bearing a single flower.
  2. Zoology. a pedicle or peduncle.

Origin of pedicel

1670–80; < New Latin pedicellus, diminutive of Latin pediculus a little foot. See pedicle
Related formsped·i·cel·lar [ped-uh-sel-er] /ˌpɛd əˈsɛl ər/, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • The berries are very persistent, clinging to the pedicel long after ripe.

    Manual of American Grape-Growing

    U. P. Hedrick

  • In other instances it is due to an adhesion of the pedicel to the side of the fruit.

    Vegetable Teratology

    Maxwell T. Masters

  • The berries are quite persistent, hanging to the pedicel some time after ripe.

  • Pedicel, the stalk of each particular flower of a cluster, 73.

  • A slight injury of either berry or pedicel permits the spores of the fungus causing decay to gain entrance into the fruit.

British Dictionary definitions for pedicel


  1. the stalk bearing a single flower of an inflorescence
  2. Also called: peduncle biology any short stalk bearing an organ or organism
  3. the second segment of an insect's antenna
Derived Formspedicellate (pɪˈdɪsɪˌleɪt), adjective

Word Origin

C17: from New Latin pedicellus, from Latin pedīculus, from pēs foot
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Word Origin and History for pedicel


1670s, from Modern Latin pedicellus, diminutive of pediculus (see pedicle).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

pedicel in Medicine


(pĕdĭ-səl, -sĕl′)
  1. A small stalk, part, or organ, especially one serving as a support.
  2. The secondary process of a podocyte that helps form the visceral capsule of a renal corpuscle.footplate foot process
Related formsped′i•cellar (-sĕlər) adj.
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pedicel in Science


  1. A small stalk supporting a single flower in an inflorescence.
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