- 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.
Origin of funiculus
1655–65; < Latin: small rope, cord, equivalent to fūni(s) rope, line + -culus -cule1
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Examples from the Web for funiculus
Hilum, the place of junction of the funiculus with the body of the ovule.The Elements of Botany
Funiculus: the main tendon of abdomen: in Hymenoptera a slender ligament connecting the propodeum to petiole on its dorsal aspect.Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology
John. B. Smith
In Flustra the young polypide-bud becomes connected with the 'brown body' by a funiculus.Freshwater Sponges, Hydroids & Polyzoa
The sporangia are quite small and numerous, not attached by a funiculus to the peridium, enveloped in mucus.The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise
M. E. Hard
- anatomy a cordlike part or structure, esp a small bundle of nerve fibres in the spinal cord
- a variant of funicle
C17: from Latin; see funicle
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
- 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.
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- 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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