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 (fyo͝o-nĭk′yə-ləs, fə-) also fu·ni·cle (fyo͞o′nĭ-kəl)
n. pl. fu·nic·u·li (-lī′) also fu·ni·cles
1. Anatomy A slender cordlike strand or band, especially:
a. A bundle of nerve fibers in a nerve trunk.
b. One of three major divisions of white matter in the spinal cord, consisting of fasciculi.
c. The umbilical cord.
2. Botany A stalk connecting an ovule or a seed with the placenta.

[Latin fūniculus, slender rope, diminutive of fūnis, rope.]


n, pl -li (-ˌlaɪ)
1. (Anatomy) anatomy a cordlike part or structure, esp a small bundle of nerve fibres in the spinal cord
2. (Botany) a variant of funicle
[C17: from Latin; see funicle]


(fyuˈnɪk yə ləs)

n., pl. -li (-ˌlaɪ)
1. any cordlike structure, esp. certain nerve bundles.
2. the stalk of an ovule.
[1655–65; < Latin: small rope, cord =fūni(s) rope, line + -culus -cule1]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.funiculus - the stalk of a plant ovule or seedfuniculus - the stalk of a plant ovule or seed  
stalk, stem - a slender or elongated structure that supports a plant or fungus or a plant part or plant organ
2.funiculus - any of several body structure resembling a cord
anatomical structure, bodily structure, body structure, complex body part, structure - a particular complex anatomical part of a living thing; "he has good bone structure"
medulla spinalis, spinal cord - a major part of the central nervous system which conducts sensory and motor nerve impulses to and from the brain; a long tubelike structure extending from the base of the brain through the vertebral canal to the upper lumbar region
umbilical, umbilical cord - membranous duct connecting the fetus with the placenta
spermatic cord - a structure resembling a cord that suspends the testis within the scrotum and contains the vas deferens and other vessels and nerves
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Malformations of the central nervous system included bilateral hydrocephalus, cerebellar hypoplasia, and micromyelia, characterized by the presence of few neurons in the ventral horns and moderate to severe bilateral reduction of white matter in the ventral and lateral funiculi.
In the spinal cord, a large amount of swollen axons (spheroids) in all white matter funiculi as well as dilated myelin sheaths with myelinophages (digestion chambers) interpreted as Wallerian degeneration were found.
Here the disembarking Italian prisoners were welcomed by a smart military band which played, among other things, Funiculi Funicula.