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funiculus

[fyoo-nik-yuh-luh s]
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.
  3. Entomology. (in certain insects) the portion of the antenna between the basal segments and the club.
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Origin of funiculus

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

  • Hilum, the place of junction of the funiculus with the body of the ovule.

    The Elements of Botany

    Asa Gray

  • Funiculus: the main tendon of abdomen: in Hymenoptera a slender ligament connecting the propodeum to petiole on its dorsal aspect.

  • In Flustra the young polypide-bud becomes connected with the 'brown body' by a funiculus.

  • The sporangia are quite small and numerous, not attached by a funiculus to the peridium, enveloped in mucus.


British Dictionary definitions for funiculus

funiculus

noun plural -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
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Word Origin for funiculus

C17: from Latin; see funicle
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funiculus in Medicine

funiculus

(fyu-nĭkyə-ləs, fə-)
n. pl. fu•nic•u•li (-lī′)
  1. A slender cordlike strand or band, especially a bundle of nerve fibers in a nerve trunk.
  2. Any of three major divisions of white matter in the spinal cord, consisting of fasciculi.
  3. The umbilical cord.
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Related formsfu•nicu•lar (-lər) adj.
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funiculus in Science

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.
  3. Any of three major divisions of white matter in the spinal cord.
  4. The umbilical cord.
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