funiculus

funiculus

[fyoo-nik-yuh-luhs]
noun, plural funiculi [fyoo-nik-yuh-lahy] .
1.
Anatomy. a conducting cord, as a nerve cord or umbilical cord.
2.
Botany. a funicle.
3.
Entomology. (in certain insects) the portion of the antenna between the basal segments and the club.

Origin:
1655–65; < Latin: small rope, cord, equivalent to fūni(s) rope, line + -culus -cule1

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funiculus (fjuːˈnɪkjʊləs)
 
n , pl -li
1.  anatomy a cordlike part or structure, esp a small bundle of nerve fibres in the spinal cord
2.  a variant of funicle
 
[C17: from Latin; see funicle]

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funiculus fu·nic·u·lus (fyu-nĭk'yə-ləs, fə-) or fu·ni·cle (fyōō'nĭ-kəl)
n. pl. fu·nic·u·li (-lī') or fu·ni·cles

  1. A slender cordlike strand or band, especially a bundle of nerve fibers in a nerve trunk.

  2. Any of three major divisions of white matter in the spinal cord, consisting of fasciculi.

  3. The umbilical cord.


fu·nic'u·lar (-lər) adj.
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funiculus   (fy-nĭk'yə-ləs)  Pronunciation Key 
Plural funiculi (fy-nĭk'yə-lī)
  1. A stalk connecting an ovule or a seed with the placenta (the ovary wall). In some plants, the funiculus develops into a fleshy seed covering called an aril.

  2. A slender, cordlike strand or band, especially a bundle of nerve fibers in a nerve trunk.

  3. Any of three major divisions of white matter in the spinal cord.

  4. The umbilical cord.


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