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Funiculus

/fyo͝oˈnikyələs/ Noun, pl. funiculi or funicles (Anatomy) 1. Any of several cordlike structures, especially the umbilical cord, or a bundle of nerve fibres in the spinal cord. (wiktionary.org) 2. In neurology, a bundle of nerve fibers. (wikipedia.org) 3. The umbilical cord attaching a fetus to the placenta during pregnancy. (wikipedia.org) 4. The spermatic cord (Funiculus spermaticus). (wikipedia.org) (Entomology) 1. In insect antennae, the segment connecting the club with the base. (wikipedia.org) (Mycology) 1. The cord which attaches the peridioles (the “eggs”) to the peridium (the “nest”) in some species of the bird’s nest fungi. (wikipedia.org) (Botany) 1. A stalk that connects the seed (or ovule) with the placenta. (wiktionary.org) 2. The stalk attaching an ovule to the ovary wall in a flower or fruit. (wikipedia.org) Word origin: Latin funiculus for “slender rope,” diminutive from fūnis (“cord”) +...

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Fusiform

/ˈfyo͞ozəˌfôrm/ Adjective 1. Tapering at both ends; spindle-shaped. (Google Dictionary) 2. Shaped like a spindle with yarn spinned on it; having round or roundish cross-section and tapering at each end. (wiktionary.org) 3. Spindle-shaped, that is being wide in the middle while narrowing or tapering at both ends. (biology-online.org) 4. A body shape common to many aquatic animals, characterized by being tapered at both the head and the tail. (wikipedia.org) Syn: spindle-shaped, cigar-shaped Word origin: From Latin fusus (“spindle”) +...

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