noun pl. coxae
- the hip or hip joint
- the segment of the leg that attaches to the body of an insect or other arthropod
Origin: L, hip, angle < IE base *kosā > Ger hachse, Achilles' tendon, OIr coss, foot
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- coxal adjective
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noun pl. cox·ae
- Anatomy The hip or hip joint.
- Zoology The first segment of the leg of an insect or other arthropod, joining the leg to the body.
Origin: Latin, hip.
- coxˈal adjective