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cervix

Line breaks: cer¦vix
Pronunciation: /ˈsəːvɪks
 
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Definition of cervix in English:

noun (plural cervices /-siːz/)

1The narrow neck-like passage forming the lower end of the womb.
Example sentences
  • The cervix forms the lower third, connected by a narrow isthmus to the main muscular body of the uterus.
  • Both of these techniques can be used throughout pregnancy to allow a closer look at the cervix and lower uterus.
  • The IUD is inserted through the cervix and into the womb, while the vagina is held open as in a cervical smear test.
2 technical The neck.
2.1A part of other bodily organs resembling a neck.

Origin

mid 18th century: Latin.

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