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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.]
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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]
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(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]
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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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In immunostained sections with GFAP, the posterior funiculus of the white matter of the spinal cord of rats from the sham group showed an apparent increase in the scattered astrocytes, as compared to the control (Fig.
This lesion demonstrated restricted diffusion on the DWI sequence and involved the anterior gray, lateral gray and lateral funiculus of the right hemicord with sparing of the dorsal columns (Figure 3).
Animal studies in cats and monkeys have demonstrated that reaching movements are less influenced than finger manipulations after spinal pyramidotomy (i.e., surgical severance of the direct pathway [i.e., pyramidal tract] by creating a partial lesion of the lateral funiculus) at the C5 level [13, 14].
Wall, "Long ascending projections to the midbrain from cells of lamina I and nucleus of the dorsolateral funiculus of the rat spinal cord," Journal of Comparative Neurology, vol.
For anesthesia, local infiltration of the funiculus spermaticus is performed.
(3) The cingulate gyrus, amygdala, midbrain periaqueductal gray matter, and rostral ventromedial medulla (RVM) constitute the descending pathway; central signals from the nerve fibers of the RVM are projected through the ventrolateral funiculus and dorsal lateral funiculus to the spinal cord and are mainly terminated in the spinal DHN [16] (Figure 1).
A high-signal intensity area spread forward to the anterior part of the posterior funiculus of the spinal cord, but the anterior funiculus and lateral funiculus were retained.
For the hemisection SCIs, one half of the spinal cord was cut, while for the overhemisections, the dorsal funiculus was bilaterally transected in addition to one half of the spinal cord [10].
We measured several morphological traits of all the individuals (see Figure 1; head width (HW), head length (HL), thorax length (TL), pronotum length (PN), length of right forefemur (FF), foretibia (FT), midfemur (MF), midtibia (MT), hindfemur (HF), hindtibia (HT), width of posterior end of 1st segment of abdomen (AW), and lengths of the left antennal scape (AS) and the antennal funiculus (AF)) to 0.001mm using a freeware (ImageJ, ver.
In the spinal cord of rats at 7 days after SCI, both the vehicle-treated (Figure 3(c)) and RGE-treated (Figure 3(d)) groups exhibited atrophy of grey matter presumably due to the dorsal to ventral compression, a wide and irregular shaped crack, and many vacuoles in the dorsal funiculus (Figures 3(c) and 3(d), open arrow).
Note the flatfish, white "eggs" inside the brown-sided cup or "nest." If you find these and use a hand lens, you may see that each egg is attached to the inside of the cup with a tiny thread, called a funiculus. When it rains, the eggs are splashed out of the cups (hence another name, splash cups), breaking the funiculus, which is carried along on the ride.
In this study, metergoline demonstrated no antinociceptive effect by itself; however it was found to decrease the antinociceptive effect of mirtazapine significantly when the two were administered together Serotoninergic neurons end in the posterior horn descending from the brain stem, through the dorsolateral funiculus and up to the medulla spinalis (descending inhibitor pathway), where they play a role in the modulation of pain.