American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A small triangular bone at the base of the spinal column in humans and tailless apes, consisting of several fused rudimentary vertebrae. Also called tailbone.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In human anatomy, the part of the spinal column consisting of the last four bones, the caudal vertebræ or tail-bones, which are stunted and usually ankylosed together. See cut under skeleton.
- n. In comparative anatomy and zoology, the caudal vertebræ, when few and small, or ankylosed together; the bony tail itself, when short, as in a bird.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Anat.) The end of the vertebral column beyond the sacrum in man and tailless monkeys. It is composed of several vertebræ more or less consolidated.
- n. the end of the vertebral column in humans and tailless apes
- From Ancient Greek κόκκυξ (kokkyx, "cuckoo"), referring to the curved shape of a cuckoo's beak when viewed from the side. (Wiktionary)
- New Latin, from Greek kokkūx, cuckoo, coccyx (from its resemblance to a cuckoo's beak). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The sore coccyx is a result of sitting down for too long, in the same position, in a half decent chair!”
“Also note how much longer and more solid the sacrum (with its attached bone, called the coccyx ) is in the male pelvis.”
“In the middle line of the posterior part of the perineum and about 4 cm. in front of the tip of the coccyx is the anal orifice.”
“The coccyx is the very bottom portion of the spine.”
“Just above the coccyx is the sacrum, a ` sacred 'bone because of its use in sacrifice.”
“The human tail is represented in the adult by a fusion of four or five vertebræ forming the "coccyx" at the end of the backbone, and is normally concealed beneath the flesh, but in the embryo the tail projects freely and is movable.”
“The baby's kidney was fine, but the test showed she had a sacrococcygeal teratoma (SCT), a tumor located at the base of the fetus 'tailbone (coccyx).”
“A tumor, usually benign, that grows from the base of the fetus 'tailbone (coccyx).”
“Then came the vicious ground impact on my coccyx (butt bone).”
“The tumor, which was situated on the coccyx (tailbone), is the most common tumor of the newborn.”
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