Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See phalanx.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One of the bones of the finger or toe, also called phalanx.
  • n. A political movement, the Falange.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In anatomy and zoology, a phalanx of a digit.
  • n. In entomology, any one of the joints of an insect's tarsus: generally used collectively of all the joints, exclusive or not of the metatarsus: as, the anterior phalanges.
  • n. In botany, a bundle of stamens joined more or less by their filaments: as, the phalanges of stamens in a diadelphous or polyadelphous flower.
  • n. Same as phalangiid.

Etymologies

French, from Old French, body of infantrymen, from Latin, from Greek phalanx, phalang-, log, battle array, bone between the finger and toe joints; see phalanx.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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  • Dr. Fong initially reserves an opinion regarding the return to full service for the pinkie, as the saw blade blasted most of the bone below the joint, or proximal phalange, and the cartilage is shredded.

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