cer·​vi·​cal | \ ˈsər-vi-kəl How to pronounce cervical (audio) \

Definition of cervical

: of or relating to a neck or cervix

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Some strains cause genital warts, but those aren’t the ones that cause cervical cancer. Julie Mazziotta, PEOPLE.com, "What to Know About HPV, the Sexually Transmitted Disease that Led to Marcia Cross’ Anal Cancer," 7 June 2019 Darlene Cook, a human resource professional from Little Elm, was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2014 and again in 2015. Orla Mccaffrey, Dallas News, "Philanthropist Lyda Hill targets HPV with $4.6M donation to increase vaccinations," 6 June 2019 Kayden's injuries include fractures to his pelvis and cervical spine, as well as intracranial bleeding. Elizabeth Zwirz, Fox News, "Charges filed against Minnesota driver who allegedly didn't slow before hitting kids in park," 13 June 2018 Across the state, black women are dying of cervical cancer — which is both preventable and treatable if caught early — at nearly twice the rate of white women, according to a 2018 Human Rights Watch report. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "Alabama Bill Could Almost Completely Ban Abortion," 15 May 2019 Then there are the strains of HPV, at least 14 of them, that cause cancer: 12,000 women will be diagnosed with cervical cancer each year and 4,000 of those women will die from it, even with screening and treatment. Rachael Brennan, Glamour, "I Wish I’d Gotten the HPV Vaccine," 14 May 2019 Natural family planning determines safe period by temperature or cervical mucus test. Saabira Chaudhuri, WSJ, "Fertility Apps Are Multiplying. But Are They Reliable?," 24 May 2018 After the contract with Healthfirst ended on Jan. 1, more than 100 women were left waiting for breast and cervical cancer screenings. Ahmed Elbenni, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Mayor Tom Barrett has nominated a new Health Department commissioner. Here are the problems facing the agency," 12 July 2018 Age 27 — 54 Most cancers don’t hit until later in life, but doctors recommend some patients in their thirties and forties get screened for colon, prostate, breast, and cervical cancers. Chelsea Leu, WIRED, "How Science Is Solving Health Issues at All Stages of Life," 27 Mar. 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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