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pha·lan·ges

 (fə-lăn′jēz, fā-)
n.
A plural of phalanx.

pha•lanx

(ˈfeɪ læŋks, ˈfæl æŋks)

n., pl. pha•lanx•es for 1-6, pha•lan•ges (fəˈlæn dʒiz for 7.)
1. (in ancient Greece) a group of heavily armed infantry formed in ranks and files close and deep, with shields joined and long spears overlapping.
2. any body of troops in close array.
3. a number of persons united for a common purpose.
4. a compact or closely massed body of persons, animals, or things.
5. (in Fourierism) a group of about 1800 persons, living together and holding their property in common.
6. any of the bones of the fingers or toes.
[1545–55; < Latin < Greek phálanx military formation, bone of finger or toe, wooden roller]

pha·lan·ges

(fə-lăn′jēz)
The small bones of the fingers or toes in humans or the digits in other primates. See more at skeleton.

phalanges

Finger and toe bones.
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The epiphysis of the distal phalanges begins to ossify at 12 to 36 months of age and closes at approximately 13 to 16 years (Hensinger, 1986).
1 put your right phalanges in, put your right phalanges out,