cer·​vi·​cal | \ˈsər-vi-kəl \

Definition of cervical 

: of or relating to a neck or cervix

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The kids are alright Although the vaccine is now recommended for both boys and girls, the initial drive was to get teenage girls vaccinated, given the link between HPV and cervical cancer. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "Cultural barriers still stand in the way of HPV vaccine uptake," 4 Nov. 2018 Once upon a time, cervical cancer screening took place during the annual Pap smear. Korin Miller, SELF, "What Women in Their 30s Need to Know About Getting an HPV Test for Cervical Cancer Screening," 22 Aug. 2018 The program pays for mammograms, pap tests, cervical cancer screenings for high-risk women, as well as other tests. Mary Spicuzza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Women left waiting for cancer screenings after Milwaukee Health Department stopped providing services," 10 July 2018 That's way below the 60 percent to 80 percent rates for breast, colon or cervical cancer screening. Marilynn Marchione, chicagotribune.com, "A cancer screening flop: Few smokers seek free lung scans," 18 May 2018 Some women have cervical mucus so thick, sperm can't travel through it. Holly V. Hays, Indianapolis Star, "Cystic fibrosis, lung transplant — she was never supposed to be a ‘mama.’ But she is.," 9 May 2018 The cervical cancer cells from Ms. Lacks are the oldest human cell line and have been growing since they were taken from her in 1951. James Gorman, New York Times, "The Lost Dogs of the Americas," 5 July 2018 The best cervical cancer prevention is still the HPV vaccine. Cari Romm, The Cut, "A New Study May Have Found a More Effective Alternative to Pap Smears," 3 July 2018 Kelly Orgeron is scheduled for one more surgery with regards to her scoliosis, a neck operation to fuse the cervical portion of her spine to the metal rod inserted more than 35 years ago. Ross Dellenger, SI.com, "The Never-Before-Told Story of Kelly Orgeron, Colorful Wife of LSU's Colorful Head Coach," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of cervical

1681, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of cervical

: of or relating to a cervix of the uterus

: of or relating to the neck


cer·​vi·​cal | \ˈsər-vi-kəl, British usually sər-ˈvī-kəl\

Medical Definition of cervical 

: of or relating to a neck or cervix cervical cancer

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