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[ped-i-kuh l] /ˈpɛd ɪ kəl/
noun, Zoology.
a small stalk or stalklike support, as the connection between the cephalothorax and abdomen in certain arachnids.
Origin of pedicle
1555-65; < Latin pediculus, diminutive of pēs (stem ped-) foot. See pedi-, -cle1 Unabridged
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(biology) any small stalk; pedicel; peduncle
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C17: from Latin pedīculus small foot; see pedicel
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Word Origin and History for pedicle

"footstalk of a plant," 1620s, from Latin pediculus "footstalk, little foot," diminutive of pedem (nominative pes) "foot" (see foot (n.)).

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pedicle in Medicine

pedicle ped·i·cle (pěd'ĭ-kəl)

  1. A constricted portion or stalk.

  2. A slender stalk by which the base of a nonsessile tumor is attached to normal tissue. Also called peduncle.

  3. A stalk through which a skin flap receives its blood supply until the skin flap is transferred to its intended site of attachment.

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