cervix

[sur-viks]
noun, plural cervixes, cervices [ser-vahy-seez, sur-vuh-seez] . Anatomy.
1.
the neck, especially the back part.
2.
any necklike part, especially the constricted lower end of the uterus.

Origin:
1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin cervīx neck, nape, uterine cervix

cervical [sur-vi-kuhl] , adjective
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cervix (ˈsɜːvɪks)
 
n , pl cervixes, cervices
1.  the technical name for neck
2.  any necklike part of an organ, esp the lower part of the uterus that extends into the vagina
 
[C18: from Latin]

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cervix
1741, from L., lit. "the neck." Applied to various neck-like structures of the body, especially that of the uterus.
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cervix cer·vix (sûr'vĭks)
n. pl. cer·vix·es or cer·vi·ces (sûr'vĭ-sēz', sər-vī'sēz)

  1. The neck.

  2. See collum.

  3. A neck-shaped anatomical structure, such as the narrow outer end of the uterus.

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cervix   (sûr'vĭks)  Pronunciation Key 
A neck-shaped anatomical structure, especially the narrowed, lower end of the uterus that extends into the vagina.
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cervix [(sur-viks)]

The narrow outer end of the uterus. A portion of the cervix extends into the vagina. (See reproductive systems.)

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Example sentences
One improvement could be flexible rings that sit at the neck of the cervix and
  release microbicidal drugs for several weeks.
It's neither difficult nor prohibitively expensive nor dangerous to swab a
  cervix or perform a mammogram.
Cervical dysplasia refers to abnormal changes in the cells on the surface of
  the cervix that are seen underneath a microscope.
Tests have shown that this arrangement for illuminating the cervix is better
  than either a candle or an angle-poise lamp.
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