Definition of fascicle
1 : a small or slender bundle (as of pine needles or nerve fibers)
2 : one of the divisions of a book published in parts
fascicledplay \-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
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