- Anat. a stalklike bundle of nerve fibers connecting various parts of the brain
- the stalk of a flower cluster or inflorescence
- the stalk of a solitary flower which is regarded as a reduced inflorescence, as in the narcissus
- Med. a narrow, stalklike base of a tumor or polyp
- Zool. a slender, stalklike part, as between the abdomen and middle section of an insect, or the stalk of a goose barnacle; pedicel
Origin of peduncleModern Latin pedunculus, diminutive of Classical Latin pes (gen. pedis), foot
- Botany The stalk of an inflorescence or a stalk bearing a solitary flower in a one-flowered inflorescence.
- Zoology A stalklike structure in invertebrate animals, usually serving as an attachment for a larger part or structure.
- Anatomy A stalklike bundle of nerve fibers connecting different parts of the brain.
- Medicine The stalklike base to which a polyp or tumor is attached.
Origin of peduncleNew Latin pedunculus diminutive of Latin pēs ped- foot ; see ped- in Indo-European roots.
- (botany) The axis of an inflorescence; the stalk supporting an inflorescence.
- (botany) A short stalk at the base of a leaf or reproductive structure.
- (anatomy) A bundle of neurons connecting different parts of the brain.
- (anatomy) In arthropods, the base segments of an antenna.
- (anatomy) A stem attaching a mass of tissue (such as a polyp) to the body.
- (zoology) A collection of nerves in the appendage of an animal (such as the tip of a dolphin's tail).
From Late Latin pedunculus, from Latin pedis, genitive of pÄ“s, a "˜foot'