cer·​vi·​cal | \ˈsər-vi-kəl \

Definition of cervical 

: of or relating to a neck or cervix

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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 Cathy Mitchell, a disabled registered nurse, suffers from a long list of injuries and diseases, including osteoarthritis, post-major lumbar surgery for ruptured discs, cervical scoliosis and bilateral carpal tunnel syndrome. Josephine Chu, USA TODAY, "Chronic pain patients, overlooked in opioid crisis, getting new attention from top at FDA," 2 July 2018 View Sample Sign Up Now Mordukhovich found higher prevalence of breast, melanoma, uterine, gastrointestinal, thyroid and cervical cancers among the flight attendants compared to the general public. Alice Park, Time, "Flight Attendants Have Higher Rates of Many Cancers, Study Says," 26 June 2018 The most common form, cervical dystonia, affects the neck, causing wobbling or worse, the inability to hold the head upright. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "The radio man without a voice," 15 June 2018 Other possible causes for your symptoms include cervical nerve compression or a rotator cuff injury. Dr. Harlan Selesnick, miamiherald, "Post-workout pain and numbness not normal. It's time to see your doctor.," 3 June 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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