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neck

 [nek]
1. the constricted part connecting the head with the trunk of the body.
2. the constricted part of an organ or other structure; called also cervix and collum.
anatomic neck of humerus the constriction of the humerus just below its proximal articular surface.
bladder neck a constricted portion of the urinary bladder where its inferolateral surfaces meet at the opening of the urethra.
neck of femur the heavy column of bone connecting the head of the femur and the shaft.
Madelung's neck diffuse symmetrical lipomas of the neck.
neck of spermatozoon a short portion of the tail of a spermatozoon immediately posterior to the head, aterior to the middle piece. See illustration at spermatozoon.
surgical neck of humerus the constricted part of the humerus just below the tuberosities.
neck of tooth the narrowed part of a tooth between the crown and the root; called also cervix dentis and collum dentis.
uterine neck (neck of uterus) cervix uteri.
webbed neck a thick skin fold on the side of the neck, from the mastoid region to the acromion. Called also pterygium colli.
wry neck torticollis.

neck

(nek), [TA]
1. Part of body by which the head is connected to the trunk, it extends from the base of the cranium to the top of the shoulders.
2. In anatomy, any constricted portion having a fancied resemblance to the neck of an animal.
3. The germinative portion of an adult tapeworm, that develops the segments or proglottids; the region of cestode segmentation behind the scolex.
Synonym(s): cervix (1) [TA], collum
[A.S. hnecca]

neck

(nek)
1. cervix or collum; the constricted part connecting the head and trunk.
2. the constricted part of an organ or other structure.

anatomical neck of humerus  a constriction of the humerus just below its proximal articular surface.
bladder neck  a constricted portion of the urinary bladder, formed by the meeting of its inferolateral surfaces proximal to the opening of the urethra.
neck of femur  the heavy column of bone connecting the head of the femur and the shaft.
Madelung's neck  diffuse symmetrical lipomas of the neck.
surgical neck of humerus  the constricted part of the humerus just below the tuberosities.
neck of tooth  the narrowed part of a tooth between the crown and the root.
uterine neck , neck of uterus cervix uteri.
webbed neck  pterygium colli.
wry neck  torticollis.

neck

(nĕk)
n.
1. The part of the body joining the head to the shoulders or trunk.
2. A narrow or constricted part of a structure, as of a bone or an organ, that joins its parts; a cervix.
3. The part of a tooth between the crown and the root.

neck

Etymology: AS, hnecca
a constricted section, such as the part of the body that connects the head with the trunk. Other such constrictions are the neck of the humerus and the neck of the uterus.
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Neck structures

neck

Anatomy
The cervical region of the body between the head and thorax.

Medspeak
Any constricted part of an elongated structure, as in the neck of an organ (e.g., uterine cervix).

neck

Medtalk Any constricted part of an elongated structure–eg, neck of an organ–eg, uterine cervix. See Bottleneck, Bull neck, Frog neck, Genetic bottleneck, Gooseneck, Microscopist's neck, Swan neck, Webbed neck, Wryneck.

neck

(nek)
1. Part of body by which the head is connected to the trunk: it extends from the base of the cranium to the top of the shoulders.
2. In anatomy, any constricted portion having a supposed resemblance to the neck of an animal.
3. The germinative portion of an adult tapeworm that develops the segments or proglottids; the region of cestode segmentation behind the scolex.
Synonym(s): cervix (1) [TA] , collum.

neck

(nek)
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LATERAL ASPECT OF THE NECK
1. The part of the body between the head and shoulders. See: illustration; muscle for illus.
2. The constricted portion of an organ, or that resembling a neck.
3. The region between the crown and the root of a tooth.

neck of the femur

The heavy column of bone that connects the head of the femur to the shaft.

Madelung neck

Madelung disease.

neck of the mandible

The constricted area below the articular condyle; the area of attachment for the articular capsule and the lateral pterygoid muscle.

surgical neck of the humerus

The segment of the shaft of the humerus just distal to the greater and lesser tubercles. It is a region prone to fractures.

neck of the tooth

The constricted area that connects the crown of a tooth to the root of a tooth.

neck of the uterus

Cervix uteri.

webbed neck

A broad neck as seen anteriorly or posteriorly. The breadth is due to a fold of skin that extends from the clavicle to the head. Webbed neck is present in Turner's syndrome.

wry neck

Torticollis.

neck

Any narrowing or constriction in a body or part. A cervix.

neck

(nek)
1. [TA] Part of body by which head is connected to trunk; extends from cranial base to top of the shoulders.
2. In anatomy, any constricted portion having a fancied resemblance to the neck of an animal.
Synonym(s): cervix (1) [TA] .

neck

a constricted portion, such as the part connecting the head and trunk of the body, or the constricted part of an organ, as of the uterus (cervix uteri) or other structure.

neck band
a band worn around the neck of a dairy cow, attached to which is a name or number plate or plaque.
neck chain
used to tether dairy cows in standing stalls in enclosed barns; attached to the cow by a leather or webbing neck band.
neck collar
a part of most horse draft harnesses, providing a point of attachment for plow chains or cart or buggy harness. Made of leather stuffed with straw and lined with felt, it closes over the top of the neck, just in front of the withers, lies on the front of the shoulder and is a support for the hames to which the traces or chains are actually attached. Pressure from a badly fitted collar can cause suprascapular nerve paralysis or sweeny.
ewe neck
a concave neck; a fault in conformation in most species except sheep.
femoral neck
the column of bone connecting the head of the femur and the shaft.
neck flexion
abnormal presentation of the fetus, with the neck flexed and its dorsal flexure at the pelvis.
humeral neck
the constriction of the humerus just distal to its head.
neck lesions
resorption of tooth structure around the cemento-enamel junction. See also odontoclastic resorption. cervical line lesions.
neck reining
see neck rein.
tooth neck
the narrowed part of certain teeth, between the crown and the root.
neck twist injury
see head twist injury.
uterine neck, neck of uterus
cervix uteri.
wry neck
neck yoke

Patient discussion about neck

Q. I have neck pain in the center of my neck. It is also swollen what can it be? I am a 33 secretary and i am usually very healthy. in the past few weeks i am feeling a large swelling in my neck. It is hot and painful, but touching it doesn't make the pain worse. what can it be?

A. Neck swelling can be either from thyroid source or from inflamation of the skin due to infection. to distinguish between them you can check if the swelling is connected to the thyroid or not. Try to swallow. If the swelling is moving - its a thyroid swelling. elsewhere its a cutaneous issue.

Q. can acupuncture help neck stiffness? I have neck pain- especially stiffness every week- once or twice. Try a lot of things but always comes back. Can acupuncture help? tell me please because if not- I dont want to put needles for nothing...

A. Acupuncture can fix most cases of neck pain, usually in 3-5 treatments. Most neck pain is due to muscular tightness, and acupuncture is very effective at releasing contracted muscles.

here's an article on Acupuncture for Back Pain:
http://www.altmd.com/Articles/Acupuncture-and-Back-Pain

The treatment of neck pain is very similar. There are very few cases of side effects with acupuncture. However, if you experience consistent pain that get progressively worse, you should visit your MD for x-rays and an MRI to rule out any structural problems (bone spurs, disc degeneration, tumors, etc).

Q. Since this morning I have strong neck pain that is killing me, I can't move my neck.

A. i get neck pain after being stressed. sitting in a long and crucial exam, at job interviews... i use tiger balm to sooth it. massage my neck while rubbing it in. very helpful.
try doing "physiotherapy", move it all the time.
if all that doesn't help and you can't sleep- it might be wise to take an non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), but try avoiding if unnecessary.
crossing fingers for ya'

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A home ambulatory 90-year-old male presented with a right displaced femoral neck fracture after mechanical trip and fall.
The IL11-572 G [right arrow] C polymorphism was significantly associated with lumbar spine BMD but not with femoral neck BMD (Table III).
FAI is considered an abnormal contact between the femur and acetabulum, with numerous potential etiologies that include but are not limited to prior femoral neck fracture, prior periacetabular or femoral osteotomy, acetabular retroversion, and slipped capital femoral epiphysis.
At 10-year follow-up, femoral neck bone mineral density was 0.
The ligamentous support is provided by the strong capsular ligaments that extend from the acetabulum to the femoral neck and the intertrochanteric region.
To evaluate the effects of femoral component positioning, we measured the changes in strains in the femoral neck with nine component positions in relation to the anatomical neck axis: correct (coaxial with the femoral neck), 10 [degrees] of varus, valgus, anteversion, and retroversion and 5 mm of translation superiorly, inferiorly, anteriorly, and posteriorly.
Unpublished data from a 48-month trial suggest that a weekly 50-mg dose of the cathepsin K inhibitor odanacatib increased lumbar spine bone mineral density by 11%, compared with less than a 1% increase for placebo; and increased femoral neck bone mineral density by 9%, compared with a 2% decrease for placebo.
A large Hohmann retractor was placed on the anterior inferior iliac spine to retract the femoral neck and to translate the femur anteriorly for acetabular reaming and component placement.
In clinical practice, loss of BMD in other areas, such as the femoral neck, has been viewed by some as a lack of response to therapy.
Bone mass loss determined by lateral lumbar DEXA has been found positively correlated with bone mass loss determined by femoral neck DEXA (26).
Femoral neck T-scores correlated positively with 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels.
The idea was that the body weight should pass through this trust plate directly onto the femoral neck and upper part of the thighbone, in theory at least.