coccyx

noun coc·cyx \ ˈkäk-siks \

Definition of coccyx

plural coccyges play \ˈkäk-sə-ˌjēz\ also coccyxes play \ˈkäk-sik-səz\
:a small bone that articulates with the sacrum and that usually consists of four fused vertebrae which form the terminus of the spinal column in humans and tailless apes

Origin and Etymology of coccyx

New Latin, from Greek kokkyx cuckoo, coccyx; from its resemblance to a cuckoo's beak


COCCYX Defined for English Language Learners

coccyx

noun

Definition of coccyx for English Language Learners

  • : the small bone at the end of the spine


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coccyx

noun coc·cyx \ ˈkäk-siks \

medical Definition of coccyx

plural coccyges play \ˈkäk-sə-ˌjēz\ also coccyxes play \ˈkäk-sik-səz\
:a small bone that articulates with the sacrum and that usually consists of four fused vertebrae which form the terminus of the spinal column

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