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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.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

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]
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

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.
The American Heritage® Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2007, 2004 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.

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).
Segen's Medical Dictionary. © 2012 Farlex, Inc. All rights reserved.

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.
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

neck

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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.
Medical Dictionary, © 2009 Farlex and Partners

neck

Any narrowing or constriction in a body or part. A cervix.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005

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] .
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012

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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When he had come alongside I grasped the scruff of his neck, and after a considerable struggle, in which I several times came near to over-turning the canoe, I managed to drag him aboard, where he shook himself vigorously and squatted down before me.
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The cord was placed round the Jew's neck, and his feet had already ceased to touch the ground when the voice of the tailor was heard beseeching the executioner to pause one moment and to listen to what he had to say.
"Ay, ay, Jim, 'tis `the Birtwick balls'," said John, "she'll be as good as Black Beauty by and by; kindness is all the physic she wants, poor thing!" Master noticed the change, too, and one day when he got out of the carriage and came to speak to us, as he often did, he stroked her beautiful neck. "Well, my pretty one, well, how do things go with you now?
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