a network of nerves branching from the spinal nerves of the neck region and innervating the neck, chest, diaphragm, and part of the face.
cervical plexus n.
A plexus that lies beneath the sternocleidomastoid muscle, is formed by loops joining the anterior branches of the first four cervical nerves, receives communicating branches from the superior cervical ganglion, and sends out many cutaneous, muscular, and communicating branches.
- Cervical pregnancy
cervical pregnancy n. An ectopic pregnancy developing in the cervical canal.
- Cervical rib
cervical rib n. A supernumerary rib articulating with a cervical vertebra, usually the seventh, but not reaching the sternum in front.
- Cervical rib syndrome
cervical rib syndrome n. A syndrome caused by pressure from the cervical rib on the nerves of the brachial plexus and manifested by pain and tingling along the forearm and hand that may develop into anesthesia with cyanosis.
- Cervical smear
noun (med) a smear of cellular material taken from the neck (cervix) of the uterus for detection of cancer Also called Pap test, Pap smear