- phalangeal cell,
- phalangeal joint,
Origin of phalanges
noun, plural pha·lan·ges [fuh-lan-jeez] /fəˈlæn dʒiz/. Anatomy, Zoology.
Origin of phalange
noun, plural pha·lanx·es or for 7, pha·lan·ges [fuh-lan-jeez] /fəˈlæn dʒiz/.
verb (used without object)
Origin of phalanx
Examples from the Web for phalanges
The ball had pierced my hand by the metacarpus under the index finger, and had broken the first phalanges.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete|Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
Reduction is easily effected by making traction on the phalanges and carrying out movements of flexion and extension.
Thus there are three phalanges in each of the lesser toes, and only two in the great toe, which answers to the thumb.On the Relations of Man to the Lower Animals|Thomas H. Huxley
Upper surfaces of the phalanges of the foretoes of the left foot showing insertions of the M. extensor digitorum longus, × 3.Myology and Serology of the Avian Family Fringillidae|William B. Stallcup
The second digit has the same number of phalanges, and bears a claw, but is much more slender than the third.
noun plural phalanges (fæˈlændʒiːz)
Word Origin for phalange
noun plural phalanxes or phalanges (fæˈlændʒiːz)
- a bundle of stamens, joined together by their stalks (filaments)
- a form of vegetative spread in which the advance is on a broad front, as in the common reedCompare guerrilla
Word Origin for phalanx
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.