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[sur-kuh s, ker-] /ˈsɜr kəs, ˈkɛr-/
noun, plural cerci
[sur-sahy, ker-kee] /ˈsɜr saɪ, ˈkɛr ki/ (Show IPA)
one of a pair of appendages at the rear of the abdomen of certain insects and other arthropods, serving as tactile organs.
Origin of cercus
1820-30; < New Latin < Greek kérkos tail
Related forms
cercal, adjective Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for cercal


adjective (zoology)
of or relating to a tail
of or relating to the cerci


noun (pl) -ci (-siː)
one of a pair of sensory appendages at the tip of the abdomen of some insects and other arthropods
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin, from Greek kerkos tail
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cercal in Medicine

cercus cer·cus (sûr'kəs)
n. pl. cer·ci (sûr'sī, -kī)

  1. A stiff hairlike structure.

  2. Either of a pair of terminal, dorsolateral sensory appendages of certain insects, such as the female mosquito.

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