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

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These allowed him to measure the electrical voltage gradient between the cervix and the ventral abdominal wall. Sally Adee, Quartz, "Our bodies are full of electricity that could help us fight cancer," 30 May 2019 In medical terms, a cervical biopsy sounds sterile and unassuming: a doctor takes a tissue sample from your cervix to test for cancerous cells. Rachael Brennan, Glamour, "I Wish I’d Gotten the HPV Vaccine," 14 May 2019 Urethritis, cervicitis, and proctitis These conditions involve irritation of the urethra, cervix, and rectum, respectively. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "What the Hell Is a Sitz Bath? (And Why Would You Take One?)," 14 Mar. 2019 Like all IUDs, the copper version has little fishing wire-esque strings that hang down through your cervix. Korin Miller, SELF, "13 Things You Absolutely Should Know Before Getting the Copper IUD," 20 July 2018 Once the speculum is in place, your doctor will use a swab to collect some cells from your cervix and send them to the lab. Kara Wahlgren, Seventeen, "Does A Pap Smear Hurt?!," 29 Jan. 2019 One of her four embryos actually poked its head out of her cervix and then retreated back inside. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "Some Unborn Sharks Swim from Uterus to Uterus Inside Their Mom," 7 Jan. 2019 That's because the rectum can suck things inside the body like a vacuum (unlike the vaginal canal, which ends with the cervix). Zoë Ligon, Allure, "9 Things You Need to Know Before You Have Anal," 5 Nov. 2018 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

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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 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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