< /sərˈvaɪ siz, ˈsɜr vəˌsiz/. Anatomy.
- the neck, especially the back part.
- any necklike part, especially the constricted lower end of the uterus.
noun plural cervixes or 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.
n. pl. cer•vix•es
- The neck.
- 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.