The other digits, of which the third is the longest, have each three phalanges.
Three of the rings and three phalanges are shown in plate 14.
(c) a number of distal bones called the phalanges which form the skeleton of the fingers and toes, or digits.
It has only two phalanges, while each of the other digits has three.
The radiant faces of the boys peeped out from among the phalanges of their no less radiant people.
The index finger has three phalanges, and is usually clawed.
There is volar flexion of the phalanges when the subject is at rest.
Such also exist at the articulations of the second and third phalanges.
Each digit consists of a metatarsal and of a varying number of phalanges.
As the name indicates, this muscle extends the phalanges, one upon the other.
1550s, "line of battle in close ranks," from Latin phalanx "compact body of heavily armed men in battle array," or directly from Greek phalanx (genitive phalangos) "line of battle, battle array," also "finger or toe bone," originally "round piece of wood, trunk, log," of unknown origin. Perhaps from PIE root *bhelg- "plank, beam" (cf. Old English balca "balk;" see balk (n.)). The Macedonian phalanx consisted of 50 close files of 16 men each. In anatomy, originally the whole row of finger joints, which fit together like infantry in close order. Figurative sense of "number of persons banded together in a common cause" is attested from 1600 (cf. Spanish Falangist, member of a fascist organization founded in 1933).
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.
phalanx pha·lanx (fā'lāngks', fāl'āngks')
n. pl. pha·lanx·es or pha·lan·ges (fə-lān'jēz, fā-)
Any of the long bones of the fingers or toes, numbering 14 for each hand or foot: two for the thumb or big toe, and three each for the other four digits.