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


  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.

Origin of pedicel

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


ped·i·cel·lar [ped-uh-sel-er] /ˌpɛd əˈsɛl ər/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for pedicel

/ (ˈpɛdɪˌsɛl) /


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 forms of pedicel

pedicellate (pɪˈdɪsɪˌleɪt), adjective

Word Origin for pedicel

C17: from New Latin pedicellus, from Latin pedīculus, from pēs foot
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Medical definitions for pedicel

[ pĕdĭ-səl, -sĕl′ ]


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

Other words from pedicel

ped′i•cellar (-sĕlər) adj.
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Scientific definitions for pedicel

[ pĕdĭ-səl ]

A small stalk supporting a single flower in an inflorescence.
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