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[sur-vi-kuh l] /ˈsɜr vɪ kəl/
adjective, Anatomy
of or relating to the cervix or neck.
Origin of cervical
1675-85; < Latin cervīc- (stem of cervīx) neck + -al1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for cervical
  • Even the incidence of cervical cancer could be reduced by more health-insurance coverage and better access to care.
  • For example, it is used to treat cervical dystonia, to decrease abnormal head position and reduce neck pain.
  • The device could be adapted to test for other cancers, including cervical cancer.
  • The fifth and sixth cervical unite soon after their exit from the intervertebral foramina to form a trunk.
  • The posterior or cervical surface is smooth, and looks backward toward the root of the neck.
  • Branches-The cervical portion of the internal carotid gives off no branches.
  • It arises from the medial cord of the brachial plexus, and derives its fibers from the eighth cervical and first thoracic nerves.
  • cervical cancers start in the cells on the surface of the cervix.
  • cervical cancer in adolescents: screening, evaluation, and manage- ment.
  • Expert-reviewed information summary about the treatment of cervical cancer.
British Dictionary definitions for cervical


/ˈsɜːvɪkəl; səˈvaɪ-/
of or relating to the neck or cervix
Word Origin
C17: from New Latin cervīcālis, from Latin cervīx neck
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Word Origin and History for cervical

1680s, "of the neck," from French cervical, from Latin cervix (see cervix). Meaning "of the neck of the womb" attested by 1860. Related: Cervically.

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cervical in Medicine

cervical cer·vi·cal (sûr'vĭ-kəl)
Relating to a neck or a cervix.

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cervical in Science
  1. Relating to or involving the cervix of the uterus.

  2. Relating to or located in or near the neck.

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