[ ped-i-kuh l ]
/ ˈpɛd ɪ kəl /

noun Zoology.

a small stalk or stalklike support, as the connection between the cephalothorax and abdomen in certain arachnids.

Nearby words

  1. pedicab,
  2. pedicel,
  3. pedicellaria,
  4. pedicellate,
  5. pedicellation,
  6. pedicle flap,
  7. pedicular,
  8. pediculate,
  9. pediculation,
  10. pediculicide

Origin of pedicle

1555–65; < Latin pediculus, diminutive of pēs (stem ped-) foot. See pedi-, -cle1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for pedicle


/ (ˈpɛdɪkəl) /


biology any small stalk; pedicel; peduncle

Word Origin for pedicle

C17: from Latin pedīculus small foot; see pedicel

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Word Origin and History for pedicle



"footstalk of a plant," 1620s, from Latin pediculus "footstalk, little foot," diminutive of pedem (nominative pes) "foot" (see foot (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for pedicle


[ pĕdĭ-kəl ]


A constricted portion or stalk.
A slender stalk by which the base of a nonsessile tumor is attached to normal tissue.peduncle
A stalk through which a skin flap receives its blood supply until the skin flap is transferred to its intended site of attachment.

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