[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.

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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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
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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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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