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[key-liks, kal-iks] /ˈkeɪ lɪks, ˈkæl ɪks/
noun, plural calices
[kal-i-seez] /ˈkæl ɪˌsiz/ (Show IPA)
Origin of calix
< Latin; see chalice Unabridged
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/ˈkeɪlɪks; ˈkæ-/
noun (pl) calices (ˈkælɪˌsiːz)
a cup; chalice
Word Origin
C18: from Latin: chalice
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calix in Medicine

calix ca·lix or ca·lyx (kā'lĭks, kāl'ĭks)
n. pl. ca·li·ces or ca·ly·ces (kā'lĭ-sēz', kāl'ĭ-)

  1. A flower-shaped or funnel-shaped structure.

  2. Any of the branches or recesses of the pelvis of the kidney into which the orifices of the malpighian renal pyramids project.

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