funiculus

[ fyoo-nik-yuh-luh s ]
/ fyuˈnɪk yə ləs /
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noun, plural fu·nic·u·li [fyoo-nik-yuh-lahy] /fyuˈnɪk yəˌlaɪ/.

Anatomy. a conducting cord, as a nerve cord or umbilical cord.
Botany. a funicle.
Entomology. (in certain insects) the portion of the antenna between the basal segments and the club.

Nearby words

  1. funicular process,
  2. funicular railway,
  3. funiculate,
  4. funiculitis,
  5. funiculopexy,
  6. funiform,
  7. funis,
  8. funk,
  9. funk hole,
  10. funk, casimir

Origin of funiculus

1655–65; < Latin: small rope, cord, equivalent to fūni(s) rope, line + -culus -cule1

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British Dictionary definitions for funiculi

funiculus

/ (fjuːˈnɪkjʊləs) /

noun plural -li (-ˌlaɪ)

anatomy a cordlike part or structure, esp a small bundle of nerve fibres in the spinal cord
a variant of funicle

Word Origin for funiculus

C17: from Latin; see funicle

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Medicine definitions for funiculi

funiculus

[ fyu-nĭkyə-ləs, fə- ]

n. pl. fu•nic•u•li (-lī′)

A slender cordlike strand or band, especially a bundle of nerve fibers in a nerve trunk.
Any of three major divisions of white matter in the spinal cord, consisting of fasciculi.
The umbilical cord.
Related formsfu•nicu•lar (-lər) adj.


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Science definitions for funiculi

funiculus

[ fyu-nĭkyə-ləs ]

Plural funiculi (fyu-nĭkyə-lī)

A stalk connecting an ovule or a seed with the placenta (the ovary wall). In some plants, the funiculus develops into a fleshy seed covering called an aril.
A slender, cordlike strand or band, especially a bundle of nerve fibers in a nerve trunk.
Any of three major divisions of white matter in the spinal cord.
The umbilical cord.
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