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 During pregnancy, as the body prepares to give birth, the cervix begins to dilate or open from the pressure. Amirah Vann, Glamour, "In a Year of Uncertainty, Amirah Vann Confirms Her First Pregnancy—And the Blessing of New Life," 10 Dec. 2020 According to the American Pregnancy Association, 1 in every 100 pregnant women will experience an incompetent cervix, but that didn't give me much comfort. Amirah Vann, Glamour, "In a Year of Uncertainty, Amirah Vann Confirms Her First Pregnancy—And the Blessing of New Life," 10 Dec. 2020 Martin’s doctor performed a cervical cerclage, closing the cervix with stitches, and put on her bedrest. Jaenique Hurlock, National Geographic, "Black mothers grieve the babies they lost—and help more survive their first year," 24 Nov. 2020 The Pap Corps derives its name from Dr. George Papanicolaou, a pioneer in cytopathology and early cancer detection who developed the Pap test, which looks for cancers and precancers in the cervix. Rick Menning, sun-sentinel.com, "Cancer survivor’s Garden of Hope vision nears reality," 30 Oct. 2020 The statute effectively outlawed the dilation and evacuation procedure, known as D&E, in which doctors open the cervix and remove fetal tissue from the uterus. Kaylee Poche, NOLA.com, "Fifth Circuit Court knocks down Texas abortion ban," 13 Oct. 2020 Sometimes, your doctor will do an HPV test at the same time as the Pap test (this is called co-testing), also by taking samples from outside the cervix. Claire Gillespie, Health.com, "Can You Get a Pap Smear on Your Period? Here's What Ob-Gyns Say," 28 Aug. 2020 Because the cervix is more open during this time of month (which allows for blood to pass), your risk of infection increases too, Tara Ford, a physician assistant at the Medical Center for Female Sexuality in Purchase, New York, tells Health. Korin Miller, Health.com, "What to Know About Period Sex, Including Safety, Benefits, and Tips," 21 Aug. 2020 The cervix is typically filled with a thick mucus, which becomes thinner and more penetrable just before a woman ovulates. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "A woman's reproductive tract can weed out unwanted sperm after sex, studies find," 18 Aug. 2020

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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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20 Jan 2021

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“Cervix.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cervix. Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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cervix

noun

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 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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