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Phalanges   Listen
noun
Phalanges  n.  Pl. of Phalanx.






Collaborative International Dictionary of English 0.48








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... subcutaneous tissues, muscle, hair and nails undergo atrophic or degenerative changes, and these changes are especially noted about the hands and feet. These parts become crooked, the bone tissues are involved, the phalanges dropping off or disappearing by disintegration or absorption (lepra mutilans). Sooner or later various paralytic symptoms, showing more active involvement of ...
— Essentials of Diseases of the Skin • Henry Weightman Stelwagon

... was so called because her mother when pregnant was frightened by a turtle, and also from the child's fancied resemblance to a turtle. The femur was six inches long, the woman had a foot of six bones, four being toes, viz., the first and second phalanges of the first and second toes. She had an acetabulum, capsule, and ligamentum teres, but no tibia or fibula; she also had a defective right forearm. She was never the victim of rachitis or like disease, but died of syphilis in the Colonial Hospital. In her twenty-second ...
— Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine • George M. Gould

... ourselves, what has become of the four other fingers or digits? We find in the places of the second and fourth digits only two slender splint-like bones, about two-thirds as long as the cannon bone, which gradually taper to their lower ends and bear no finger joints, or, as they are termed, phalanges. Sometimes small bony or gristly nodules are to be found at the bases of these two metacarpal splints, and it is probable that these represent rudiments of the first and fifth digits. Thus the part of the horse's skeleton which corresponds with that of the human hand contains one overgrown middle ...
— Thomas Henry Huxley; A Sketch Of His Life And Work • P. Chalmers Mitchell



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