pedicel

[ ped-uh-suh l, -sel ]
/ ˈpɛd ə səl, -ˌsɛl /

noun

Botany.
  1. a small stalk.
  2. an ultimate division of a common peduncle.
  3. one of the subordinate stalks in a branched inflorescence, bearing a single flower.
Zoology. a pedicle or peduncle.

Nearby words

  1. pedia,
  2. pediatric,
  3. pediatrician,
  4. pediatrics,
  5. pedicab,
  6. pedicellaria,
  7. pedicellate,
  8. pedicellation,
  9. pedicle,
  10. pedicle flap

Origin of pedicel

1670–80; < New Latin pedicellus, diminutive of Latin pediculus a little foot. See pedicle

Related formsped·i·cel·lar [ped-uh-sel-er] /ˌpɛd əˈsɛl ər/, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for pedicel

pedicel

/ (ˈpɛdɪˌsɛl) /

noun

the stalk bearing a single flower of an inflorescence
Also called: peduncle biology any short stalk bearing an organ or organism
the second segment of an insect's antenna
Derived Formspedicellate (pɪˈdɪsɪˌleɪt), adjective

Word Origin for pedicel

C17: from New Latin pedicellus, from Latin pedīculus, from pēs foot

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Word Origin and History for pedicel

pedicel

n.

1670s, from Modern Latin pedicellus, diminutive of pediculus (see pedicle).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for pedicel

pedicel

[ pĕdĭ-səl, -sĕl′ ]

n.

A small stalk, part, or organ, especially one serving as a support.
The secondary process of a podocyte that helps form the visceral capsule of a renal corpuscle.footplate foot process
Related formsped′i•cellar (-sĕlər) adj.


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Science definitions for pedicel

pedicel

[ pĕdĭ-səl ]

A small stalk supporting a single flower in an inflorescence.
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