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[fal-uh nj, fuh-lanj, fey-lanj] /ˈfæl əndʒ, fəˈlændʒ, ˈfeɪ lændʒ/
noun, plural phalanges
[fuh-lan-jeez] /fəˈlæn dʒiz/ (Show IPA).
Anatomy, Zoology
a phalanx.
Origin of phalange
1550-60; back formation from phalanges Unabridged
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  • The device allows users to independently control the flexion and extension movements of each replaced phalange.
British Dictionary definitions for phalange


noun (pl) phalanges (fæˈlændʒiːz)
(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

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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