- a small stalk or stalklike support, as the connection between the cephalothorax and abdomen in certain arachnids.
Origin of pedicle
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In favourable cases the pedicle is now brought easily into view.A Manual of the Operations of Surgery
The pedicle can then be secured with a series of interlocking ligatures.
Its upper end exhibits a tendency to divide into two processes, corresponding with the pedicle and otic processes of the Amphibia.The Works of Francis Maitland Balfour, Volume III (of 4)
Francis Maitland Balfour
A polyp is either cut off or its pedicle bound with a ligature, and it is allowed to shrivel.Old-Time Makers of Medicine
James J. Walsh
Smooth Anatifa, as seen from the other side, the pedicle dry and contracted.The Life of Sir Humphrey Davy, Bart. LL.D., Volume 2 (of 2)
John Ayrton Paris
- biology any small stalk; pedicel; peduncle
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.)).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A constricted portion or stalk.
- A slender stalk by which the base of a nonsessile tumor is attached to normal tissue.peduncle
- 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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