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Pedicle

Definition
noun, plural: pedicles
(1) (botany) The stalk of a flower.
(2) (entomology) The waist of the ant bearing one or two segments and connecting the abdomen with the gaster.
(3) (arachnology) The waist of a spider that connects the cephalothorax to the abdomen.
(4) (entomology) The second segment bearing the Johnston’s organ in the antenna of the insects.
(5) (zoology) Any of the small, stalk-like structures that serve to support or anchor, such as in brachiopods and certain bivalve mollusks to a substrate.
(6) (anatomy) A small, stalk-like structure that supports an organ.
(7) (pathology) A slender, stalk-like structure that attaches a polyp or tumor to its tissue substrate.
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Word origin: Latin pedicellus, from pedīculus, from pēs (foot)
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