[key-liks, kal-iks]
noun, plural cal·i·ces [kal-i-seez] /ˈkæl ɪˌsiz/.
  1. cup.

Origin of calix

From Latin; see origin at chalice Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for calices


  1. the plural of calix


noun plural calices (ˈkælɪˌsiːz)
  1. a cup; chalice

Word Origin for calix

C18: from Latin: chalice
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calices in Medicine


n. pl. ca•li•ces
  1. A flower-shaped or funnel-shaped structure.
  2. Any of the branches or recesses of the pelvis of the kidney into which the orifices of the malpighian renal pyramids project.
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