Definitions for: Peduncle

[n] a bundle of myelinated neurons joining different parts of the brain
[n] stalk bearing an inflorescence or solitary flower
[n] the thin process of tissue that attaches a polyp to the body

Webster (1913) Definition: Pe*dun"cle, n. [Formed fr. (assumed) L. pedunculus,
dim. of pes, pedis, a foot: cf. F. p['e]doncule.]
1. (Bot.) The stem or stalk that supports the flower or fruit
of a plant, or a cluster of flowers or fruits.

Note: The ultimate divisions or branches of a peduncle are
called pedicels. In the case of a solitary flower, the
stalk would be called a peduncle if the flower is
large, and a pedicel if it is small or delicate.

2. (Zo["o]l.) A sort of stem by which certain shells and
barnacles are attached to other objects. See Illust. of

3. (Anat.) A band of nervous or fibrous matter connecting
different parts of the brain; as, the peduncles of the
cerebellum; the peduncles of the pineal gland.

See Also: flower stalk, forebrain, growth, nerve pathway, nerve tract, pathway, pedicel, pedicle, pedunculated polyp, prosencephalon, scape, tract

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