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pedicel

[ped-uh-suh l, -sel]
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noun
  1. 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.
  2. Zoology. a pedicle or peduncle.
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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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Examples from the Web for pedicel

Historical Examples

  • The berries are very persistent, clinging to the pedicel long after ripe.

    Manual of American Grape-Growing

    U. P. Hedrick

  • In other instances it is due to an adhesion of the pedicel to the side of the fruit.

    Vegetable Teratology

    Maxwell T. Masters

  • The berries are quite persistent, hanging to the pedicel some time after ripe.

  • Pedicel, the stalk of each particular flower of a cluster, 73.

  • A slight injury of either berry or pedicel permits the spores of the fungus causing decay to gain entrance into the fruit.


British Dictionary definitions for pedicel

pedicel

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

Word Origin

C17: from New Latin pedicellus, from Latin pedīculus, from pēs foot
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Word Origin and History for pedicel

n.

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

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

pedicel in Medicine

pedicel

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

pedicel

[pĕdĭ-səl]
  1. A small stalk supporting a single flower in an inflorescence.
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