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cercus

[sur-kuh s, ker-]
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noun, plural cer·ci [sur-sahy, ker-kee] /ˈsɜr saɪ, ˈkɛr ki/.
  1. one of a pair of appendages at the rear of the abdomen of certain insects and other arthropods, serving as tactile organs.
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Origin of cercus

1820–30; < New Latin < Greek kérkos tail
Related formscer·cal, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for cercus

cercus

noun plural -ci (-siː)
  1. one of a pair of sensory appendages at the tip of the abdomen of some insects and other arthropods
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Word Origin

C19: from New Latin, from Greek kerkos tail
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cercus in Medicine

cercus

(sûrkəs)
n. pl. cer•ci (sûrsī, -kī)
  1. A stiff hairlike structure.
  2. Either of a pair of terminal, dorsolateral sensory appendages of certain insects, such as the female mosquito.
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