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

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Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Volunteers keep St. Paul's model train museum on track," 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, "The best hand creams to soothe and protect your paws," 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, "How a 380-Million-Year-Old Fish Gave Us Fingers," 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, "John Dillinger's last meal included red peppers. What we know about the outlaw's autopsy and burial.," 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, "Kylie Jenner Makes the Case for the Toe Ring," 14 June 2019 That little fresh meat has an excellent set of phalanges. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "This Week in Timothée Chalamet, April 19 Edition," 19 Apr. 2019 As in, stripping down those phalanges and letting them be their naked selves. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "It’s Sandal Season and You Haven’t Had a Pedicure—Here’s How to Fake It," 6 Apr. 2019 The bones that made the difference seemed to be the bones of the hand and wrist (phalanges, metacarpals, and carpals), the lower arm (radius and ulna), ankles (tarsals), and parts of the leg (femur and fibula, but oddly not the tibia). Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Machine-learning says Homo naledi may not have buried its dead," 6 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of phalange

1688, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for phalange

French, from Greek phalang-, phalanx

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“Phalange.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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