1. a plural of phalanx (anatomy. any of the bones of the fingers or toes)
2. plural of phalange
"I got all the phalanges in my hand broken when I was little and fell off my bike."
"I'm frozen all the way down to my phalanges!"
Origin: (from etymonline.com)"mid-15c., 'phalanx, ancient military division,' from Middle French phalange 'phalanx' (13c.), from Latin phalangem (nominative phalanx); see phalanx. It is the earlier form of this word in English."
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