noun Zoology.
a small stalk or stalklike support, as the connection between the cephalothorax and abdomen in certain arachnids.

1555–65; < Latin pediculus, diminutive of pēs (stem ped-) foot. See pedi-, -cle1 Unabridged
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pedicle (ˈpɛdɪkəl)
biology any small stalk; pedicel; peduncle
[C17: from Latin pedīculus small foot; see pedicel]

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pedicle ped·i·cle (pěd'ĭ-kəl)

  1. A constricted portion or stalk.

  2. A slender stalk by which the base of a nonsessile tumor is attached to normal tissue. Also called peduncle.

  3. A stalk through which a skin flap receives its blood supply until the skin flap is transferred to its intended site of attachment.

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