Definition of phalange in US English:

phalange

noun

  • 1Anatomy

    another term for phalanx (sense 2)
    • ‘After the Sayee is over at Marwah you have to get a hair cut or a head shave; women have to have only their hair cut from at least three place the length of one phalange of her finger, approximately 1 or 1.5 inches.’
    • ‘See, the fracture occurred in the lower phalange of my left ring finger - a sliver of bone snapped off from the knuckle where the tendons connect.’
    • ‘The goal is to give anyone with the inkling a chance to pick up a pen or pencil (or crayon) and dip a phalange into a comic collaboration.’
    • ‘Radiographs of the fingertips of rock climbers, for example, show unusual bony spurs and thickened phalanges.’
  • 2A right-wing Maronite party in Lebanon founded in 1936 by Pierre Gemayel.

    Compare with Falange

Origin

Mid 19th century: back-formation from phalanges, plural of phalanx. phalange (sense 2) is a shortening of French Phalanges Libanaises ‘Lebanese phalanxes’.

Pronunciation