[ fyoo-nik-yuh-luhs ]

noun,plural fu·nic·u·li [fyoo-nik-yuh-lahy]. /fyuˈnɪk yəˌlaɪ/.
  1. Anatomy. a conducting cord, as a nerve cord or umbilical cord.

  2. Botany. a funicle.

  1. 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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British Dictionary definitions for funiculus


/ (fjuːˈnɪkjʊləs) /

nounplural -li (-ˌlaɪ)
  1. anatomy a cordlike part or structure, esp a small bundle of nerve fibres in the spinal cord

  2. a variant of funicle

Origin of funiculus

C17: from Latin; see funicle

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Scientific definitions for funiculus


[ fyu-nĭkyə-ləs ]

Plural funiculi (fyu-nĭkyə-lī)
  1. 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.

  2. A slender, cordlike strand or band, especially a bundle of nerve fibers in a nerve trunk.

  1. Any of three major divisions of white matter in the spinal cord.

  2. The umbilical cord.

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