a plural of cervix.
the neck, especially the back part.
any necklike part, especially the constricted lower end of the uterus.
noun (pl) cervixes, cervices (səˈvaɪsiːz)
the technical name for neck
any necklike part of an organ, esp the lower part of the uterus that extends into the vagina
early 15c., “ligament in the neck,” from Latin cervix “the neck, nape of the neck,” from PIE *kerw-o-, from root *ker- (see horn (n.)). Applied to various neck-like structures of the body, especially that of the uterus (by 1702), where it is shortened from medical Latin cervix uteri (17c.). Sometimes in medical writing 18c.-19c. cervix of the uterus to distinguish it from the neck sense.
cervix cer·vix (sûr’vĭks)
n. pl. cer·vix·es or cer·vi·ces (sûr’vĭ-sēz’, sər-vī’sēz)
A neck-shaped anatomical structure, such as the narrow outer end of the uterus.
A neck-shaped anatomical structure, especially the narrowed, lower end of the uterus that extends into the vagina.
The narrow outer end of the uterus. A portion of the cervix extends into the vagina. (See reproductive systems.)
inflammation of the cervix. noun inflammation of the neck of the uterus cervicitis cer·vi·ci·tis (sûr’vĭ-sī’tĭs) n. Inflammation of the mucous membrane of the uterine cervix, frequently affecting the deeper structures. Also called trachelitis.
cervico- pref. Cervix: cervicoplasty.
cervicobrachial cer·vi·co·bra·chi·al (sûr’vĭ-kō-brā’kē-əl, -brāk’ē-) adj. Relating to the neck and the arm.
cervicodynia cer·vi·co·dyn·ia (sûr’vĭ-kō-dĭn’ē-ə) n. Neck pain. Also called trachelodynia.