A An abnormality, structural or otherwise, which is present at birth, although its presence may not become evident until later in life, if at all. abnormality of the bones of the The word cervix means neck. We all have a neck, holding up our head. Ladies, in addition, have a neck (cervix) to their womb. The word cervical therefore refers to the neck. Ladies, at a certain age, are offered cervical screening – formerly known as smear tests. People with neck problems are sometimes given a collar to wear, commonly referred to as a cervical collar, although this is an unnecessary duplication of words; where else would a collar be worn? spine, in which bones have become fused together during development. The affected individual will often have a short neck, which may have webbed skin at the sides.