hal·​lux | \ ˈha-ləks How to pronounce hallux (audio) \
plural halluces\ ˈha-​lə-​ˌsēz How to pronounce hallux (audio) , ˈhal-​yə-​ \

Definition of hallux

: the innermost digit (such as the big toe) of a hind or lower limb

Examples of hallux in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The back, hallux talon, is the largest at almost 2 inches long in females and 1 1/4 on males. Orange County Register, "Where you can find our national birds in Southern California," 5 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of hallux

1831, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hallux

New Latin, from Latin hallus, hallux

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“Hallux.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hallux. Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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hal·​lux | \ ˈhal-əks How to pronounce hallux (audio) \
plural halluces\ ˈhal-​(y)ə-​ˌsēz How to pronounce hallux (audio) \

Medical Definition of hallux

: the innermost digit (as the big toe in humans) of a hind or lower limb

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