• WordNet 3.6
    • n pedicle a small stalk bearing a single flower of an inflorescence; an ultimate division of a common peduncle
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Pedicle Same as Pedicel.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pedicle A foot-iron. Compare manacle (originally manicle).
    • n pedicle A pedicel or peduncle.
    • n pedicle Specifically — The bony process supporting the antler of the Cervidæ, or deer family.
    • n pedicle The foot of the neural arch of a vertebra, usually a contracted part of such an arch (in comparison with its lamina), whereby the arch joins the body or centrum of the vertebra. The pedicles of any two contiguous vertebræ circumscribe the intervertebral foramina for the exit of spinal nerves. Synonyms See peduncle.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Pedicle a fetter for the foot
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. pediculus, a little foot, dim. of pes, foot: cf. F. pédicule,. See edal, and cf. Pedicel
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. pédicelle—L. pediculus, dim. of pes, pedis, the foot.


In literature:

The attachment was effected by means of a pedicle 33 cm.
"Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine" by George M. Gould
One of the ends is lengthened out into a neck or pedicle, which is as long as the egg proper.
"The Mason-bees" by J. Henri Fabre
They quivered; the slender pedicles cupping, the waned lights swayed; the lights lifted and soared, upright, to their backs.
"The Metal Monster" by A. Merritt
Body campanulate, widest at anterior border, from which it tapers directly to the pedicle.
"Marine Protozoa from Woods Hole" by Gary N. Calkins
A polyp is either cut off or its pedicle bound with a ligature, and it is allowed to shrivel.
"Old-Time Makers of Medicine" by James J. Walsh
Stipitate: supported on a stalk or pedicle.
"Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology" by John. B. Smith
But the pedicle itself was dropped back into the abdomen.
"Pioneer Surgery in Kentucky" by David W. Yandell
They are usually sessile, but sometimes the base is so narrow as almost to form a pedicle.
"Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities--Head--Neck. Sixth Edition." by Alexander Miles
They occupy the anterior four-fifths of the tongue, on which they are implanted by a narrow pedicle.
"North American Medical and Surgical Journal, Vol. 2, No. 3, July, 1826" by Various
It may become very large and often hangs pendulous from a long, elastic pedicle.
"Special Report on Diseases of Cattle" by U.S. Department of Agriculture
Polypus is a round pear-shaped body, generally hanging by a pedicle, or neck, like to the stalk of the fruit.
"The Dog" by Dinks, Mayhew, and Hutchinson
No structure comparable to this siphuncular pedicle is known in any other Mollusca.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 6" by Various
Sometimes, however, they have additional toes, which, in this case, are attached by a pedicle to the limb.
"Degeneracy" by Eugene S. Talbot
The usual drawings represent this creature with a short bell-shaped body upon a very long slender pedicle.
"Marvels of Pond-life" by Henry J. Slack
Ossification follows in the mid-parts of the anterolateral arms and occurs last in the pterygoid pedicles.
"Neotropical Hylid Frogs, Genus Smilisca" by William E. Duellman
It is elliptical in outline, tapering to a very slender caudal pedicle, which is strongly keeled.
"Bass, Pike, Perch, and Others" by James Alexander Henshall
In many cases, these tumours are merely covered by the lining membrane of the uterus, which sometimes forms a species of pedicle.
"A System of Midwifery" by Edward Rigby
Da, and its pedicle of attachment to the spinal cord is thinner.
"The Works of Francis Maitland Balfour, Volume 1" by Francis Maitland Balfour

In news:

Choice Spine Launches Major System into Lucrative Pedicle Screw Spine Market.
A pair of the screws is placed horizontally into the rear of the bony bridges, called pedicles , that are connected to each vertebra, one on each side.
The rods are connected to the pedicles of a second vertebra by means of another set of pedicle screws, straightening or strengthening the spine.
The FDA, in 1984, classified pedicle screws as Class III devices because they considered the screws to "present an unreasonable risk of illness or injury".