Origin: L pediculus
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- Biology A small stalk or stalklike structure, especially one supporting or connecting an organ or other body part. Also called pedicel.
- Medicine a. A slender footlike or stemlike part, as at the base of a tumor.b. Part of a skin or tissue graft that is left temporarily attached to the original site.
Origin: Latin pediculus, diminutive of pēs, ped-, foot; see pedicel.
pedicle - Medical Definition
- A constricted portion or stalk.
- A slender stalk by which the base of a nonsessile tumor is attached to normal tissue. Also called peduncle.
- A stalk through which a skin flap receives its blood supply until the skin flap is transferred to its intended site of attachment.