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The digit, d1, which stands as hallux is fully formed and has three phalanges.

Three of the rings and three phalanges are shown in plate 14.

It has only two phalanges, while each of the other digits has three.

The other digits, of which the third is the longest, have each three phalanges.

In Swifts the third and fourth toes have only three phalanges.

The index finger has three phalanges, and is usually clawed.

The middle finger has two phalanges, but the index is rudimentary.

In them not only is the metacarpus turned back, but also the two first phalanges.

Such also exist at the articulations of the second and third phalanges.

Veterinarians have given it the name of the oblique flexor of the phalanges.

WORD ORIGIN

1550s, "line of battle in close ranks," from Latin phalanx "compact body of heavily armed men in battle array," or directly from Greek phalanx (genitive phalangos) "line of battle, battle array," also "finger or toe bone," originally "round piece of wood, trunk, log," of unknown origin. Perhaps from PIE root *bhelg- "plank, beam" (cf. Old English balca "balk;" see balk (n.)). The Macedonian phalanx consisted of 50 close files of 16 men each. In anatomy, originally the whole row of finger joints, which fit together like infantry in close order. Figurative sense of "number of persons banded together in a common cause" is attested from 1600 (cf. Spanish Falangist, member of a fascist organization founded in 1933).

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