pha·​lange ˈfā-ˌlanj How to pronounce phalange (audio)
fā-ˈlanj How to pronounce phalange (audio)

Examples of phalange in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The dinosaur has also hung on to 65 percent of its original phalange, ulna, humeri and shoulder girdle. Dana Givens, Robb Report, 5 Dec. 2022 The boxcar in front of him might have a phalange that's worn down, so much that the wheels are catching. Jenna Ross, Star Tribune, 23 Mar. 2021 During the dead of winter, your mitts can crack and hurt, but some sources of phalange anguish happen year-round, like dishwashing with harsh detergents and frequent temperature variation. Popular Science, 18 June 2020 The putative digit bones in Panderichthys are irregular in shape, and none of them show articulation with other bones in the standard way digit bones, or phalanges, do in the human hand. John A. Long, Scientific American, 20 May 2020 Multiple healed scars of the face, chin and volar surface distal phalanges of the fingers of both hands. Dawn Mitchell, Indianapolis Star, 2 Aug. 2019 Jenner wore two glimmering toe rings around the phalanges on her right foot and one on her left foot’s middle digit. Vogue, 14 June 2019 That little fresh meat has an excellent set of phalanges. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, 19 Apr. 2019 As in, stripping down those phalanges and letting them be their naked selves. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, 6 Apr. 2019

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Word History


French, from Greek phalang-, phalanx

First Known Use

1688, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of phalange was in 1688

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“Phalange.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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