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Dictionary Definition

pedicel n : a small stalk bearing a single flower of an inflorescence; an ultimate division of a common peduncle [syn: pedicle]

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From post-classical Latin pedicellus, from pediculus.




  1. A stalk of individual flower; a stalk bearing a single flower or spore-producing body within a cluster.
  2. A stalk-shaped body part; an anatomical part that resembles a stem or stalk.
  3. A narrow stalk-like body part in insects and other arthropods, used in various specific senses.
    • 1996: Spiders have the body clearly divided into two pieces which are joined by a narrow stalk, the pedicel. — Michael J. Roberts, Spiders of Britain and Northern Europe (Collins 1996, p. 10)
  4. In the context of "mycology": a slender stalk

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Extensive Definition

Pedicle or pedicel may refer to:
  • Pedicle (anatomy), the segment between the transverse process and the vertebral body, and is often used as a radiographic marker and entry point in vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty procedures
  • Pedicle (zoology), a fleshy line used to attach and anchor brachiopods and some bivalve mollusks to a substrate
  • Pedicel (botany), the stalk of an individual flower
  • Pedicle (cervidae), the attachment point for antlers in cervids
  • Pedicel (antenna), the second segment of the antenna in the class Insecta, where the Johnston's organ is found
  • Pedicel or petiole (insect), the stem formed by a restricted abdominal segment which connects the thorax with the gaster (the remaining abdominal segments) in the suborder Apocrita; see also petiole
  • Congo Pedicle, an area of DR Congo jutting into Zambia
  • Zaire Pedicle, used for 'Congo Pedicle' during the time that DR Congo was called Zaire
  • Congo Pedicle road, serving Zambian provinces either side of the Congo Pedicle

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