noun, plural cer·vix·es, cer·vi·ces . [ser- vahy-seez, sur-v uh-seez] /sərˈvaɪ siz, ˈsɜr vəˌsiz/ . Anatomy the neck, especially the back part. any necklike part, especially the constricted lower end of the uterus. Origin of cervix 1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin cervīx neck, nape, uterine cervix Related forms cer·vi·cal , [ sur-vi-k uh l] /ˈsɜr vɪ kəl/ adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for cervices noun plural cervixes or cervices ( səˈvaɪsiːz) the technical name for neck any necklike part of an organ, esp the lower part of the uterus that extends into the vagina Word Origin
C18: from Latin
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Word Origin and History for cervices cervix n.
early 15c., "ligament in the neck," from Latin
cervix "the neck, nape of the neck," from PIE *kerw-o-, from root *ker- (see horn (n.)). Applied to various neck-like structures of the body, especially that of the uterus (by 1702), where it is shortened from medical Latin cervix uteri (17c.). Sometimes in medical writing 18c.-19c. cervix of the uterus to distinguish it from the neck sense.
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cervix (sûr ′vĭks) The neck. collum A neck-shaped anatomical structure, such as the narrow outer end of the uterus.
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A neck-shaped anatomical structure, especially the narrowed, lower end of the uterus that extends into the vagina.
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