fu·​nic·​u·​lus | \ fyu̇-ˈni-kyə-ləs How to pronounce funiculus (audio) , fə- \
plural funiculi\ fyu̇-​ˈni-​kyə-​ˌlī How to pronounce funiculi (audio) , -​ˌlē \

Definition of funiculus

1 : a bodily structure suggesting a cord especially : a bundle of nerve fibers
2 : the stalk of a plant ovule

First Known Use of funiculus

1667, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for funiculus

New Latin, from Latin, diminutive of funis rope

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“Funiculus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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fu·​nic·​u·​lus | \ fyu̇-ˈnik-yə-les, fə- How to pronounce funiculus (audio) \
plural funiculi\ -​ˌlī How to pronounce funiculi (audio) , -​ˌlē How to pronounce funiculi (audio) \

Medical Definition of funiculus

: any of various bodily structures more or less like a cord in form: as
a : one of the longitudinal subdivisions of white matter in each lateral half of the spinal cord — see anterior funiculus, lateral funiculus, posterior funiculus — compare column sense a

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