ped·​i·​cle | \ ˈpe-di-kəl How to pronounce pedicle (audio) \

Definition of pedicle

2 : the part of a skin or tissue graft left attached to the original site during the preliminary stages of union
3 anatomy : either of two short cylindrical bony processes lying on either side of a vertebra that project posteriorly from the vertebral body and fuse with the laminae to form a neural arch

Note: Each pedicle has a superior and inferior notch that forms an intervertebral foramen with a pedicle on an adjacent vertebra allowing for the passage of spinal nerves and vessels

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pedicled \ ˈpe-​di-​kəld How to pronounce pedicled (audio) \ adjective

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There are a few other options, such as a pedicle graft, in which donor tissue comes from a gum area closer to the recipient area. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "What to Know Before, During, and After Your Gum Graft Surgery," 11 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of pedicle

1626, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for pedicle

Latin pediculus, from diminutive of ped-, pes

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ped·​i·​cle | \ ˈped-i-kəl How to pronounce pedicle (audio) \

Medical Definition of pedicle

: a basal attachment: as
a : the basal part of each side of the neural arch of a vertebra connecting the laminae with the centrum
b : the narrow basal part by which various organs (as kidney or spleen) are continuous with other body structures
c : the narrow base of a tumor
d : the part of a pedicle flap left attached to the original site

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