AskDefine | Define salpinx

Dictionary Definition

salpinx n : a tube in the uterus or the ear [also: salpinges (pl)]

Extensive Definition

A salpinx (Greek σαλπιγξ, plural salpinges) was a type of Greek trumpet.
In anatomical contexts, it is used to refer to a type of tube. Per Terminologia Anatomica, the Latin term "tuba" is usually used to describe most tubes (after the Roman tuba, not the modern Tuba), but the term "salpinges" and its adjectival derivatives are still sometimes used to describe the following two "tubes":
Salpiglossis derives from the Greek for "trumpet" and "tongue".
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