Definition of Cervix

1. Noun. The part of an organism (human or animal) that connects the head to the rest of the body. "The horse won by a neck"

2. Noun. Necklike opening to the uterus.
Exact synonyms: Cervix Uteri, Uterine Cervix
Generic synonyms: Opening, Orifice, Porta
Specialized synonyms: Incompetent Cervix
Group relationships: Uterus, Womb
Derivative terms: Cervical

Definition of Cervix

1. n. The neck; also, the necklike portion of any part, as of the womb. See Illust. of Bird.

Definition of Cervix

1. Noun. (anatomy) The neck ¹

2. Noun. The necklike portion of any part, as of the womb. ¹

3. Noun. The lower, narrow portion of the uterus where it joins with the top end of the vagina. ¹

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Definition of Cervix

1. the neck [n -VICES or -VIXES]

Medical Definition of Cervix

1. Neck, a term denoting the front portion of the collum or neck (the part connecting the head and trunk) or a constricted part of an organ (for example cervix uteri). C. Of axon, a constricted part of an axon, before the myelin sheath is added. C. Columnae posterioris medullae spinalis NA alternative for c. Cornus dorsalis medullae spinalis. C. Cornus dorsalis medullae spinalis, neck of dorsal horn of spinal cord: the constricted portion of the dorsal horn or column, of grey matter in the spinal cord between the base of the horn and the head, also called c. Cornus posterioris medullae spinalis (NA alternative) and neck of posterior horn of spinal cord. C. Dentis, the slightly constricted region of union of the crown and the root or roots of a tooth, also called collum dentis, dental neck and neck of tooth. C. Glandis, collum glandis penis. Incompetent c., one that is abnormally prone to dilate in the second trimester of pregnancy, resulting in premature expulsion of the foetus (middle trimester abortion). C. Mallei, collum mallei. Tapiroid c., a uterine cervix with a peculiarly elongated anterior lip. C. Uteri, neck of uterus: the lower and narrow end of the uterus, between the isthmus and the ostium uteri. This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Cervix

cervicolumbar phenomenon
cervicothoracic ganglion
cervicothoracic transition
cervix columnae posterioris
cervix dentis
cervix dysplasia
cervix incompetence
cervix of the axon
cervix vesicae urinariae
cesarean delivery

Literary usage of Cervix

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1. Surgery, Gynecology & Obstetrics by The American College of Surgeons, Franklin H. Martin Memorial Foundation (1921)
"Premature or precipitate labors following amputation of the cervix are probably due to some other factor than the loss of tissue.. 4. ..."

2. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1901)
"The cancer was curetted away from the cervix, to stop the hemorrhages. ... The os admitted one finger ; the cervix was not shortened. ..."

3. The Practitioner by Gale Group, ProQuest Information and Learning Company (1902)
"This variety is much less common than those arising- in the fundus uteri. "We may 1 Fig. i.—Case i. Interstitial fibroid of the cervix—anterior wall. have ..."

4. Obstetrics: a text-book for the use of students and practitioners by John Whitridge Williams (1904)
"According to Boudreau, this so-called circular detachment of the cervix usually ... In all lesions involving the cervix there is usually no escape of blood ..."

5. The Principles and practice of gynecology: For Students and Practitioners by Emilius Clark Dudley (1904)
"PUERPERAL LACERATION OF THE cervix UTERI. Vague allusions to the subject had appeared ... Relative disproportion in size between the child and the cervix. ..."

6. A Reference handbook of the medical sciences embracing the entire range of by Albert Henry Buck (1904)
"In the stage of infiltration the cervix is nodular, the nodules being of irregular size ... The appearance of a nodular and large cervix in a woman past the ..."

7. Diseases of Women by Harry Sturgeon Crossen (1922)
"Gland of cervix uteri, cross section 422 446. Blood supply of the uterus 423 447. ... Erosion of cervix, clinical appearance 439 458. Erosion of cervix ..."

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