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peduncle (plural peduncles)
- (botany) The axis of an inflorescence; the stalk supporting an inflorescence.
- (botany) A short stalk at the base of a leaf or reproductive structure.
- 1992, Rudolf M[athias] Schuster, The Hepaticae and Anthocerotae of North America: East of the Hundredth Meridian, volume V, New York, N.Y.: Columbia University Press, →ISBN, page 5:
- On fertilization, the archegonia form obyriform calyptrae that are distinctly narrowed at base to form a stalk or peduncle; this does not occur in other Hepaticae.
- (anatomy) A bundle of neurons connecting different parts of the brain.
- (anatomy) In arthropods, the base segments of an antenna or stalk-like structures such as the peduncles of some barnacles
- (anatomy) In vertebrates, the base of any relatively massive anatomical member connected to the body by a narrower section. Cf. caudal peduncle of fishes.
- (anatomy) A stem attaching a mass of tissue (such as a polyp) to the body.
- (zoology) A collection of nerves in the appendage of an animal (such as the tip of a dolphin's tail).
botany: axis or supporting stalk of inflorescence
bundle of neurons connecting parts of brain
anatomy, arthropoda: base segments of an antenna or stalk-like structures
anatomy: stem attaching a mass of tissue to the body
zoology: collection of nerves in the appendage of an animal