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[fas-i-kuh l]
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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.
  3. Botany. a close cluster, as of flowers or leaves.
  4. Anatomy. a small bundle of nerve or muscle fibers.
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Origin of fascicle

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

cluster, collection, bunch

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Historical Examples of fascicle

  • The fascicle of light that it emits has a perfect concentration.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 488, May 9, 1885


  • The variations are mainly in the number of leaves in the fascicle.

    The Genus Pinus

    George Russell Shaw

  • The collar with a dark area ventrad and also dorsad of the fascicle.

  • Sometimes, on the other hand, Danaë has a fascicle of flowers inserted on the middle of the upper surface, as in Ruscus.

    Vegetable Teratology

    Maxwell T. Masters

  • The name Phacelia is from a Greek word signifying a fascicle, or bunch, and refers to the fascicled or clustered flower-racemes.

British Dictionary definitions for fascicle


  1. a bundle or cluster of branches, leaves, etc
  2. Also called: fasciculus anatomy a small bundle of fibres, esp nerve fibres
  3. printing another name for fascicule
  4. any small bundle or cluster
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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


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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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

fascicle in Medicine


  1. fasciculus
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fascicle in Science


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