Definition of cervical in English:


Pronunciation: /səːˈvʌɪk(ə)l//ˈsəːvɪk(ə)l/


  • 1Relating to the narrow neck-like passage forming the lower end of the uterus.

    ‘cervical cancer’
    • ‘The cervical portion of the uterus forms the most posterior portion seen here.’
    • ‘It's believed that some forms of HPV put women at greater risk for cervical cancer.’
    • ‘The optimal specimen for detecting C trachomatis is a combined urethral and cervical swab.’
    • ‘Women who smoke are twice as likely as those who do not to develop cervical cancer.’
    • ‘This change in the cells of the cervix often occurs from cervical cap or diaphragm use or from infection.’
  • 2Relating to the neck.

    ‘the fifth cervical vertebra’
    • ‘However, the range of motion for cervical rotation and lateral flexion increased more in the training groups than in the control group.’
    • ‘Effective speech depends also on the motor neurons in the cervical and thoracic parts of the spinal cord that serve the muscles of breathing.’
    • ‘Most children requiring hospital admission for trauma are considered at risk of injury of the cervical spinal cord.’
    • ‘The cervical region of the spinal cord was dissected out after laminectomy.’
    • ‘Over the next eight hours our oral symptoms slowly began to subside, but our cervical lymph nodes became very tender and easily palpable.’


Late 17th century: from French, or from modern Latin cervicalis, from Latin cervix, cervic- neck.