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

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 Doctors told the 31-year-old dentist that her cervix was fully dilated and that amniotic fluid was leaking. Mary Kekatos, ABC News, 13 June 2022 Although most ectopic pregnancies occur in the fallopian tube, an egg can also implant in the cervix, abdominal cavity, ovary, or even the scar from a cesarean section. Grace Segers, The New Republic, 10 May 2022 For decades, biologists had noted a strange feature found in the reproductive tracts of marine mammals like dolphins, whales and porpoises: a series of fleshy lids, like a stack of funnels, leading up to the cervix. Rachel E. Gross, Smithsonian Magazine, 31 Mar. 2022 Within a half-hour to a couple of hours, the misoprostol leads the cervix to dilate and the uterus to begin contracting, which empties the embryo from the uterus. Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY, 7 May 2022 The cervix sits at the lower, narrow end of the uterus, per the NCI. Jenny Mccoy, Health.com, 10 Feb. 2022 Porpoise penises, in turn, ended in a fleshy projection, like a finger, that seemed to have evolved to poke through the folds and reach the cervix. Rachel E. Gross, Smithsonian Magazine, 31 Mar. 2022 These embryos are then placed in the uterus via the cervix. Serena Coady, SELF, 24 Feb. 2022 Cervical cancer develops when cells on your cervix, which is the very bottom part of your uterus, mutate. Rebekah Kuschmider, Health.com, 11 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of cervix

1694, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for cervix

Latin cervic-, cervix

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Last Updated

19 Jun 2022

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“Cervix.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cervix. Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

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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

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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