cer·vix | \ˈsər-viks \
plural cervices\ˈsər-və-ˌsēz, (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

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These included cancers of the colon and rectum (which fell by an average of 1.7% per year), ovaries (1.6%), lung and bronchus (1.2%), cervix (1%), bladder (0.8%), brain and nervous system (0.7%) and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (0.4%). Karen Kaplan, latimes.com, "The death rate from cancer is falling for American men, women and children of all backgrounds," 22 May 2018 The success with Perkins’ breast cancer follows reports of similar responses in patients who had advanced-stage cancers of the bile duct, colon and cervix. Melissa Healy, latimes.com, "'I have definitely hit the jackpot.' Advanced breast cancer disappears after new immunotherapy," 4 June 2018 Some of those women had symptoms such as lumps on their breasts, or reported pain or burning sensations, while another had a dark spot on her cervix, according to documents obtained by the Journal Sentinel through an open records request. Mary Spicuzza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Women left waiting for cancer screenings after Milwaukee Health Department stopped providing services," 10 July 2018 At 22 weeks, she was admitted again — her cervix had shortened, which put her and her unborn children at risk for a pre-term delivery. Sarah Schreiber, Good Housekeeping, "After 2 Years of Infertility, These First-Time Parents Just Had Quintuplets," 16 May 2017 McElrath said doctors have long assumed that preterm contractions force the cervix to yield, leading to preterm birth. Karen Weintraub, STAT, "Blood test might help predict both preterm and healthy delivery dates," 7 June 2018 While misoprostol can be used to soften the cervix, such as for pre-IUD insertion, it can also be used to treat manage postpartum hemorrhaging and for medical abortions. Seventeen, "A Pharmacist Allegedly Refused to Fill an IUD-Related Hormone Prescription," 5 June 2017 During her treatment, a surgeon cut cells from her cervix. Hollie Silverman, CNN, "The Smithsonian unveils a portrait of Henrietta Lacks, the black farmer whose cells led to medical miracles," 16 May 2018 Doctors were accustomed to tissue samples dying off quickly once removed from their hosts, and were shocked at the unflagging replication rate of the cells from Lacks’s cervix. Ryan P. Smith, Smithsonian, "Famed for “Immortal” Cells, Henrietta Lacks is Immortalized in Portraiture," 15 May 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of cervix

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


cer·vix | \ˈsər-viks \
plural cervices\-və-ˌsēz, ˌsər-ˈvī-(ˌ)sēz \ 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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