cervix

noun

cer·​vix ˈsər-viks How to pronounce cervix (audio)
plural cervices ˈsər-və-ˌsēz How to pronounce cervix (audio)
(ˌ)sər-ˈvī-(ˌ)sēz
or cervixes
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 Among women, the most common forms of cancer are breast cancer, cervix cancer, and ovarian cancer. Astha Rajvanshi, TIME, 10 Apr. 2024 Liver, thyroid, cervix uteri, bladder and non-Hodgkin lymphoma make up the rest of the top 10 leading cancer types amongst both sexes. Kinsey Crowley, USA TODAY, 4 Apr. 2024 She was given mifepristone to soften her cervix, then misoprostol to soften and dilate her cervix, and Pitocin to begin contractions. Jessica Van Egeren, Journal Sentinel, 13 Mar. 2024 Then doctors discovered Sara had an incompetent cervix, which can cause premature birth and even miscarriage, according to the Cleveland Clinic. Brian Brant, Peoplemag, 29 Feb. 2024 It’s usually followed by misoprostol, a drug that causes the cervix to soften and dilate to help the body expel the pregnancy. Korin Miller, SELF, 4 Mar. 2024 Houston's journey to motherhood took a turn following the 35-year-old's cervical cancer diagnosis, which required a hysterectomy, removal of her uterus and cervix and other tissues, seemingly crushing her hopes of having a third child. Janet Shamlian, CBS News, 28 Feb. 2024 During this procedure, a healthcare provider inserts a tool through your cervix to remove tissue from your uterus. Chaunie Brusie, Rn, Parents, 23 Feb. 2024 For early-stage cervical cancer, a surgery called a total hysterectomy to remove the cervix and uterus may be considered. Chicago Tribune, 26 Jan. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

Latin cervic-, cervix

First Known Use

1694, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of cervix was in 1694

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Cite this Entry

“Cervix.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cervix. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

cervix

noun
cer·​vix ˈsər-viks How to pronounce cervix (audio)
plural cervices ˈsər-və-ˌsēz How to pronounce cervix (audio) or cervixes
: the narrow outer end of the uterus that opens into the cavity of the vagina

Medical Definition

cervix

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