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[fal-uh nj, fuh-lanj, fey-lanj] /ˈfæl əndʒ, fəˈlændʒ, ˈfeɪ lændʒ/
noun, plural phalanges
[fuh-lan-jeez] /fəˈlæn dʒiz/ (Show IPA).
Anatomy, Zoology.
a phalanx.
Origin of phalange
First recorded in 1550-60; back formation from phalanges Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for phalange
Historical Examples
  • The third phalange is the longest in the only specimen in which the finger bones are all preserved.

    Dragons of the Air H. G. Seeley
  • There is only one first phalange which has a length of 7¾ inches.

    Dragons of the Air H. G. Seeley
  • According to this interpretation it is the first and only phalange in the first digit.

    Dragons of the Air H. G. Seeley
  • This is exactly equal to the length of the first phalange of the wing finger.

    Dragons of the Air H. G. Seeley
  • A man began it by taking a phalange, then another took a metatarsal bone.

    Back o' the Moon Oliver Onions
  • The second phalange is concave at the upper articular end and convex in the longer direction at the lower end.

    Dragons of the Air H. G. Seeley
  • To have a supple lower or middle joint does not relate to the Will but to the phalange of Logic of the possessor.

  • Great artists, great mechanicians, great writers—these belong to no phalange, but to humanity.

British Dictionary definitions for phalange


noun (pl) phalanges (fæˈlændʒiːz)
(anatomy) another name for phalanx (sense 5)
Word Origin
C16: via French, ultimately from Greek phalanx
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Word Origin and History for phalange

mid-15c., "phalanx, ancient military division," from Middle French phalange "phalanx" (13c.), from Latin phalangem (nominative phalanx); see phalanx. It is the earlier form of this word in English.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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