fascicle

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noun fas·ci·cle \ˈfa-si-kəl\

Definition of fascicle

  1. 1 :  a small or slender bundle (as of pine needles or nerve fibers)

  2. 2 :  one of the divisions of a book published in parts

fascicled

play \ˈfa-si-kəld\ adjective

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Fascicle, which has been a part of our language since the 15th century, is one of a bundle of words derived from Latin fascis, meaning "bundle." In book publishing, "fascicle" and its variants "fascicule" and "fasciculus" can all be used for one of the installments of a voluminous work; "fasciculus" can also be used for a bundle of anatomical fibers. "Fasciitis" is an inflammation of a "fascia," which is a sheet of tissue connecting muscles. You can also have a case of "fasciculation," or muscular twitching. Other descendants of "fascis" include "fasces" (a bundle of rods and an ax borne before ancient Roman magistrates as a badge of authority) and "fascine" (a long bundle of sticks of wood bound together).

Origin and Etymology of fascicle

Latin fasciculus, diminutive of fascis


First Known Use: 15th century


Medical Dictionary

fascicle

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noun fas·ci·cle \ˈfas-i-kəl\

Medical Definition of fascicle

  1. :  a small bundle; especially :  fasciculus

fascicled

\-kəld\play adjective


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