Definition of coxa in English:

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coxa

Pronunciation: /ˈkɒksə/

noun (plural coxae /ˈkɒksiː/)

1 Anatomy The hip bone or hip joint.
Example sentences
  • The hip bone or os coxae is not subject to great variation.
  • The acetabulum is a hemispherical socket formed in the os coxae of a newborn.
  • These are the trochanter, which acts as a swivel joint for the leg, and the coxa, which anchors the leg to the body.
2 Entomology The first or basal segment of the leg of an insect.
Example sentences
  • The leg of the latter has few segments: coxa, basis, and perhaps four endopod segments.
  • Burke interpreted the ventral sclerite as being solely comprised of the sternite fused with the coxae.
  • I assume that in lichids the coxae were spinose, and that their movements carried food particles forward along the midline.

Derivatives

coxal

adjective
Example sentences
  • Such particles were further comminuted between the coxal spines and ridges.
  • Each coxal bone forms with the fusion of three bones.
  • The sacrum, coccyx, and the two coxal bones form the pelvis.

Origin

Late 17th century: from Latin, 'hip'.

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