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phalange

[fal-uh nj, fuh-lanj, fey-lanj] /ˈfæl əndʒ, fəˈlændʒ, ˈfeɪ lændʒ/
noun, plural phalanges
[fuh-lan-jeez] /fəˈlæn dʒiz/ (Show IPA).
Anatomy, Zoology
1.
a phalanx.
Origin of phalange
1550-1560
1550-60; back formation from phalanges
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Historical Examples
  • The third phalange is the longest in the only specimen in which the finger bones are all preserved.

    Dragons of the Air H. G. Seeley
  • There is only one first phalange which has a length of 7¾ inches.

    Dragons of the Air H. G. Seeley
  • According to this interpretation it is the first and only phalange in the first digit.

    Dragons of the Air H. G. Seeley
  • This is exactly equal to the length of the first phalange of the wing finger.

    Dragons of the Air H. G. Seeley
  • A man began it by taking a phalange, then another took a metatarsal bone.

    Back o' the Moon Oliver Onions
  • The second phalange is concave at the upper articular end and convex in the longer direction at the lower end.

    Dragons of the Air H. G. Seeley
  • To have a supple lower or middle joint does not relate to the Will but to the phalange of Logic of the possessor.

  • Great artists, great mechanicians, great writers—these belong to no phalange, but to humanity.

British Dictionary definitions for phalange

phalange

/ˈfælændʒ/
noun (pl) phalanges (fæˈlændʒiːz)
1.
(anatomy) another name for phalanx (sense 5)
Word Origin
C16: via French, ultimately from Greek phalanx
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Word Origin and History for phalange
n.

mid-15c., "phalanx, ancient military division," from Middle French phalange "phalanx" (13c.), from Latin phalangem (nominative phalanx); see phalanx. It is the earlier form of this word in English.

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