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The term cervical cancer is about the cervix, but cervical muscles is about the neck/spine?

Asked by flo (12964points) November 30th, 2016

The term cervical cancer is about the cervix but cervical muscles is about the neck/spine “the fifth cervical vertebra’” Can there not be cervical injury about the cervix?
http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/94387-overview
“Cervical muscles that are commonly…”
If it’s about the cervix the adjective is cervical, what it the noun if it’s about the neck? I mean what word did they add the suffix al to?

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josie's avatar

Cervix is Latin for neck
Places where it gets narrow is called the neck-
Narrow part of uterus is the neck
Cervix means neck
Cervical means pertaining to the neck

flo's avatar

So, a person has problem with the cervical (cervix) muscle: https://www.google.ca/#q=cervical+muscle+cervix
and another person has cancer in the cervix (neck) http://www.uscspine.com/conditions/neck-spine-tumors.cfm.

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