noun, plural cox·ae [kok-see] /ˈkɒk si/.
  1. Anatomy.
    1. innominate bone.
    2. the joint of the hip.
  2. Zoology. the first or proximal segment of the leg of insects and other arthropods.

Origin of coxa

1700–10; < Latin: hip
Related formscox·al, adjectivepost·cox·al, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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noun plural coxae (ˈkɒksiː)
  1. a technical name for the hipbone or hip joint
  2. the basal segment of the leg of an insect
Derived Formscoxal, adjective

Word Origin for coxa

C18: from Latin: hip
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coxal in Medicine


n. pl. cox•ae (kŏksē′)
  1. hipbone
  2. hip joint
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