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cervical Syllabification: cer·vi·cal
Pronunciation: /ˈsərvik(ə)l/

Definition of cervical in English:


1Of or relating to the narrow necklike passage forming the lower end of the uterus: cervical cancer
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  • Women who smoke are twice as likely as those who do not to develop cervical cancer.
  • It's believed that some forms of HPV put women at greater risk for cervical cancer.
  • This change in the cells of the cervix often occurs from cervical cap or diaphragm use or from infection.
2Of or relating to the neck: the fifth cervical vertebra
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  • Effective speech depends also on the motor neurons in the cervical and thoracic parts of the spinal cord that serve the muscles of breathing.
  • The cervical region of the spinal cord was dissected out after laminectomy.
  • Most children requiring hospital admission for trauma are considered at risk of injury of the cervical spinal cord.


Late 17th century: from French, or from modern Latin cervicalis, from Latin cervix, cervic- 'neck'.

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