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[ped-uh-suh l, -sel] /ˈpɛd ə səl, -ˌsɛl/
  1. a small stalk.
  2. an ultimate division of a common peduncle.
  3. one of the subordinate stalks in a branched inflorescence, bearing a single flower.
Zoology. a pedicle or peduncle.
Origin of pedicel
1670-80; < New Latin pedicellus, diminutive of Latin pediculus a little foot. See pedicle
Related forms
[ped-uh-sel-er] /ˌpɛd əˈsɛl ər/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for pedicel
  • The head is not greatly enlarged and the pedicel is two segmented.
  • The spikelets are borne in pairs, one sessile and perfect, the other reduced to a hairy pedicel.
  • Condition of the fruits observed and collected not including unblemished fruit with pedicel.
  • For instance, the antlers begin growing from the pedicel.
  • The base of the flower is square where it attaches to the pedicel.
  • pedicel the stem or stalk that holds a single flower in an inflorescence.
  • In asteraceae the top of the pedicel upon which the flowers are joined.
British Dictionary definitions for pedicel


the stalk bearing a single flower of an inflorescence
(biology) Also called peduncle. any short stalk bearing an organ or organism
the second segment of an insect's antenna
Derived Forms
pedicellate (pɪˈdɪsɪˌleɪt) adjective
Word Origin
C17: from New Latin pedicellus, from Latin pedīculus, from pēs foot
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Word Origin and History for pedicel

1670s, from Modern Latin pedicellus, diminutive of pediculus (see pedicle).

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pedicel in Medicine

pedicel ped·i·cel (pěd'ĭ-səl, -sěl')

  1. A small stalk, part, or organ, especially one serving as a support.

  2. The secondary process of a podocyte that helps form the visceral capsule of a renal corpuscle. Also called footplate, foot process.

ped'i·cel'lar (-sěl'ər) adj.
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pedicel in Science
A small stalk supporting a single flower in an inflorescence.
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