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Definition of "pedicle" [ped•i•cle]

  • Biology A small stalk or stalklike structure, especially one supporting or connecting an organ or other body part. Also called pedicel. (noun)
  • Medicine A slender footlike or stemlike part, as at the base of a tumor. (noun)
  • Medicine Part of a skin or tissue graft that is left temporarily attached to the original site. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "pedicle" in a sentence
  • "The screws used to drill into bone, known as pedicle screws, sell for $1,000 to $2,000 apiece but cost less than $100 to make."
  • "Jerdon gives the size of the horn 8 to 10 inches, but in this he doubtless included the pedicle, which is about 5 inches, and the horns, from 2 to 5 inches."
  • "One of the ends is lengthened out into a neck or pedicle, which is as long as the egg proper."