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[ped-i-kuh l]
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noun Zoology.
  1. a small stalk or stalklike support, as the connection between the cephalothorax and abdomen in certain arachnids.
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Origin of pedicle

1555–65; < Latin pediculus, diminutive of pēs (stem ped-) foot. See pedi-, -cle1
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  1. biology any small stalk; pedicel; peduncle
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Word Origin

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.)).

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pedicle in Medicine


  1. A constricted portion or stalk.
  2. A slender stalk by which the base of a nonsessile tumor is attached to normal tissue.peduncle
  3. 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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