[ fas-i-kuhl ]
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  1. a section of a book or set of books being published in installments as separate pamphlets or volumes.

  2. a small bundle, tight cluster, or the like.

  1. Botany. a close cluster, as of flowers or leaves.

  2. Anatomy. a small bundle of nerve or muscle fibers.

Origin of fascicle

First recorded in 1490–1500; from Latin fasciculus, diminutive of fascis; see fasces, -cle1

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British Dictionary definitions for fascicle


/ (ˈfæsɪkəl) /

  1. a bundle or cluster of branches, leaves, etc

  2. Also called: fasciculus anatomy a small bundle of fibres, esp nerve fibres

  1. printing another name for fascicule

  2. any small bundle or cluster

Origin of fascicle

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

Derived forms of fascicle

  • fascicled, adjective
  • fascicular (fəˈsɪkjʊlə) or fasciculate (fəˈsɪkjʊˌleɪt, -lɪt), adjective
  • fasciculately, adverb
  • fasciculation, noun

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Scientific definitions for fascicle


[ făsĭ-kəl ]

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

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