- Anat. any cordlike structure; esp.,
- any of various bundles of white matter in the spinal cord
- Obs. the umbilical or spermatic cord
- Bot. the slender stalk of an ovule or seed
Origin of funiculusL, small cord, diminutive of funis, a cord, rope
nounpl. fu·nic·u·li also fu·ni·cles
- Anatomy A slender cordlike strand or band, especially:a. A bundle of nerve fibers in a nerve trunk.b. One of three major divisions of white matter in the spinal cord, consisting of fasciculi.c. The umbilical cord.
- Botany A stalk connecting an ovule or a seed with the placenta.
Origin of funiculusLatin f&umacron;niculus, slender rope, diminutive of f&umacron;nis, rope.
(plural funiculi or funicles)
From Latin fūniculus (“cord”), diminutive from fūnis (“cord”) + -culus.