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[pol-eks] /ˈpɒl ɛks/
noun, plural pollices
[pol-uh-seez] /ˈpɒl əˌsiz/ (Show IPA)
the innermost digit of the forelimb; thumb.
Origin of pollex
Borrowed into English from Latin around 1825-35 Unabridged
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noun (pl) -lices (-lɪˌsiːz)
the first digit of the forelimb of amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals, such as the thumb of man and other primates
Derived Forms
pollical (ˈpɒlɪkəl) adjective
Word Origin
C19: from Latin: thumb, big toe
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pollex in Medicine

pollex pol·lex (pŏl'ěks')
n. pl. pol·li·ces (pŏl'ĭ-sēz')
The thumb.

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