plural coxae ˈkäk-ˌsē How to pronounce coxa (audio)
: the basal segment of a limb of various arthropods (such as an insect)
coxal adjective

Word History


Latin, hip; akin to Old High German hāhsina hock, Sanskrit kakṣa armpit

First Known Use

1826, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of coxa was in 1826

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Cite this Entry

“Coxa.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2024.

Medical Definition


plural coxae -ˌsē, -ˌsī How to pronounce coxa (audio)
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