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 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 These warts can grow anywhere on, in, or around the female genitalia, including the cervix. Alyssa Jung, Good Housekeeping, "6 Causes for Vaginal Bumps You Should Know About," 24 Sep. 2019 This can also be due to health issues like cervical polyps (non-cancerous growths that can form on your cervix) or irritation from an infection, Dr. Streicher says. Korin Miller, SELF, "7 Colors Your Vaginal Discharge Can Be (and What They Might Mean)," 8 Feb. 2019 Even a hysterectomy—total removal of the uterus and sometimes the cervix—isn’t a cure. Kirsten Slyter, Bon Appétit, "Learning to Eat for My Endometriosis When Answers Are Scarce," 11 Nov. 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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The first known use of cervix was in the 15th century

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2 Jan 2020

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“Cervix.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cervix. Accessed 29 January 2020.

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cervix

noun
How to pronounce cervix (audio)

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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