cervix

noun
cer·​vix | \ ˈsər-viks How to pronounce cervix (audio) \
plural cervices\ ˈsər-​və-​ˌsēz How to pronounce cervices (audio) , (ˌ)sər-​ˈvī-​(ˌ)sēz \ or cervixes

Definition of cervix

1 : neck especially : the back part of the neck
2 : a constricted portion of an organ or part especially : the narrow outer end of the uterus

Examples of cervix in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Marsupials, however, have two uteruses, each with their own associated ovary and cervix. Douglas Main, National Geographic, "This marsupial is the only animal that's always pregnant," 2 Mar. 2020 Like the Hoover Dam, but in a good way, and for your cervix, not the Colorado River. Tess Garcia, Health.com, "You Can Actually Wear This Reusable Menstrual Cup During Sex," 30 July 2019 Dysplasia is an abnormal growth or development of cells within tissues or organs (in Otis’ case, within her cervix). Claudia Harmata, PEOPLE.com, "Pregnant Jamie Otis Reveals She Has Been Diagnosed with HPV: 'Could Be a Sign of Early Cancer'," 5 Dec. 2019 In this procedure the doctor will dilate the cervix to manually remove the tissue from the uterus. Rachel Wells, Glamour, "What to Expect During a Miscarriage," 28 Oct. 2019 My placenta had moved less than .2 centimeters, bringing the grand total of distance between it and my cervix to .6 centimeters – not even half the length of a pea. Helena Andrews-dyer, The Denver Post, "Finding the joy in black motherhood," 7 Sep. 2019 My placenta had moved less than .2 centimeters, bringing the grand total of distance between it and my cervix to .6 centimeters - not even half the length of a pea. al, "I wanted to read an article about black motherhood that wasn’t a horror story. So I wrote it.," 6 Sep. 2019 That said, an ectopic pregnancy can also happen in other reproductive areas like the ovary or cervix. Haley Goldberg, SELF, "6 Things That Can Cause a False-Positive Pregnancy Test," 17 July 2019 Throughout her pregnancy, Mollen posted nude or almost-nude photos, and wrote openly about being diagnosed with placenta previa, a condition where the placenta covers the cervix. Kate Morgan, Harper's BAZAAR, ""It's a Battle Scar": The Emotional Toll of C-Sections No-one Talks About," 3 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of cervix

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cervix

Latin cervic-, cervix

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26 Mar 2020

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“Cervix.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cervix. Accessed 30 Mar. 2020.

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cervix

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English Language Learners Definition of cervix

medical : the narrow end at the opening of a woman's uterus

cervix

noun
cer·​vix | \ ˈsər-viks How to pronounce cervix (audio) \
plural cervices\ -​və-​ˌsēz, ˌsər-​ˈvī-​(ˌ)sēz How to pronounce cervices (audio) \ or cervixes

Medical Definition of cervix

1 : neck sense 1a especially : the back part of the neck
2 : a constricted portion of an organ or part: as
a : the narrow lower or outer end of the uterus
b : the constricted cementoenamel junction on a tooth

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