hal·​lux ˈha-ləks How to pronounce hallux (audio)
plural halluces ˈha-lə-ˌsēz How to pronounce hallux (audio)
: 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 Turkey track dimensions: 3 ½ to 4 ½ inches long Quail Tracks Quail tracks are smaller than turkey tracks and have a very small hallux that shoots off to the interior side of the track. Katie Hill, Outdoor Life, 7 Feb. 2024 Turkey Tracks Turkey tracks have three outward-facing toes with a small or nonexistent hallux. Katie Hill, Outdoor Life, 7 Feb. 2024 If the hallux can’t bend sufficiently then problematic compensations occur. Outside Online, 5 Aug. 2019 During the running gait, all your propulsive force is transmitted through the hallux into the ground as your stance leg becomes the swing leg. Kyle Norman, Outside Online, 7 Jan. 2021 Mobility Drills Mobilize the hallux with the drills listed below. Outside Online, 5 Aug. 2019 The back, hallux talon, is the largest at almost 2 inches long in females and 1 1/4 on males. Orange County Register, 5 Jan. 2017

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Word History


New Latin, from Latin hallus, hallux

First Known Use

1831, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hallux was in 1831

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Cite this Entry

“Hallux.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hallux. Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition


hal·​lux ˈhal-əks How to pronounce hallux (audio)
plural halluces ˈhal-(y)ə-ˌsēz How to pronounce hallux (audio)
: the innermost digit (as the big toe in humans) of a hind or lower limb
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