fascicle

[ fas-i-kuh l ]
/ ˈfæs ɪ kəl /

noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. fascia,
  2. fascia adherens,
  3. fascia graft,
  4. fasciate,
  5. fasciation,
  6. fascicular,
  7. fascicular cambium,
  8. fascicular degeneration,
  9. fascicular graft,
  10. fasciculate

Origin of fascicle

1490–1500; < Latin fasciculus, diminutive of fascis. See fasces, -cle1

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British Dictionary definitions for fascicle

fascicle

/ (ˈfæsɪkəl) /

noun

a bundle or cluster of branches, leaves, etc
Also called: fasciculus anatomy a small bundle of fibres, esp nerve fibres
printing another name for fascicule
any small bundle or cluster
Derived Formsfascicled, adjectivefascicular (fəˈsɪkjʊlə) or fasciculate (fəˈsɪkjʊˌleɪt, -lɪt), adjectivefasciculately, adverbfasciculation, noun

Word Origin for fascicle

C15: from Latin fasciculus a small bundle, from fascis a bundle

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Word Origin and History for fascicle

fascicle

n.

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.

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Medicine definitions for fascicle

fascicle

[ făsĭ-kəl ]

n.

fasciculus

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Science definitions for fascicle

fascicle

[ făsĭ-kəl ]

A bundle or cluster of stems, flowers, or leaves, such as the bundles in which pine needles grow.
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