What is a fascicle?

What is a fascicle? Here are some definitions.

  1. A bundle or cluster.
  2. A bundle of skeletal muscle fibers surrounded by connective tissue.
  3. (botany) A cluster of flowers or leaves, such as the bundles of the thin leaves (or needles) of pines.
  4. (botany) A discrete bundle of vascular tissue.
  5. A discrete section of a book issued or published separately.
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No fascicle of five leaves, that I have examined, is equally apportioned among its five members.
Another fascicle, usually arising behind the clavicular head of the sternocleidomastoid, may extend in various directions upwards toward the head.
It can be recognized at once by the connate leaves that form the fascicle or by the remarkable stout curved peduncle of its cone.
A simple fascicle of the biceps inserting into the origin of the pronator teres Macalister has seen three times.
The cross-section of a cotyledon is, therefore, a triangle whose angles vary with the number composing the fascicle.
The name Phacelia is from a Greek word signifying a fascicle, or bunch, and refers to the fascicled or clustered flower-racemes.

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