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pollex

[ pol-eks ]
/ ˈpɒl ɛks /
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noun, plural pol·li·ces [pol-uh-seez]. /ˈpɒl əˌsiz/.

the innermost digit of the forelimb; thumb.

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Origin of pollex

Borrowed into English from Latin around 1825–35
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British Dictionary definitions for pollex

pollex
/ (ˈpɒlɛks) /

noun plural -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 of pollex

pollical (ˈpɒlɪkəl), adjective

Word Origin for pollex

C19: from Latin: thumb, big toe
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Medical definitions for pollex

pollex
[ pŏlĕks′ ]

n. pl. pol•li•ces (pŏlĭ-sēz′)

The thumb.
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