hip bone


Definition of hip bone

: the large flaring bone that constitutes a lateral half of the pelvis in mammals and is composed of the ilium, ischium, and pubis which are fused into one bone in the adult

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Five-point harnesses and booster seats position a lap belt over the top of the hip bones, low and flat against the thighs, so the child’s bones absorb the impact. Lauren Gravitz, Washington Post, "Risky transport: Camps, churches and other programs are trading car-seat safety for convenience," 30 July 2019 Little Alex was rescued and taken to the Edith Allen Wildlife Sanctuary after she was separated from her mother and hit by a car that broke her right back leg below the hip bone, SWNS reports. Fox News, "Lovable baby deer gets bright pink cast after being hit by car," 12 Aug. 2019 The last bones to go, the ilium and sacrum (the big hip bones atop the skeleton) are the heaviest bone structure. Steve Johnson And Phil Geib, chicagotribune.com, "The dismantling of Sue the T. rex at the Field Museum," 3 Feb. 2018 Use your hip bone as a guide for adjusting the seat height. Haley Shapley, SELF, "5 Essential Tips for Adjusting Your Indoor Bike Seat," 13 Oct. 2018 Shame on them, because all of us are expected to be small enough to fit into these tiny samples because the designers don't want to use more material, or the designers just think a hip bone is better for a skirt to hang off of. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, ""We’re So Hungry!” Jameela Jamil Gets Real About the Effects of Photoshop," 31 Jan. 2019 The straps are meant to be worn hiked up around the hip bones, just as the smoky-eyed male and female models wore them on the Spring 1997 runway. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Kim Kardashian and Kylie Jenner are Wearing Tom Ford’s Gucci—As They Should," 23 Aug. 2018 According to Owen, the sacroiliac joints just beneath your spine that connect to the sacrum are similarly vulnerable, along with your wing-like hip bones. Holly Lebowitz Rossi, Good Housekeeping, "What to Do Right After You Throw Out Your Back," 26 July 2018 Brinson was diagnosed with a right hip bone bruise on Friday afternoon, after the team initially called his ailment right hip inflammation. Matthew Defranks, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Marlins center fielder Lewis Brinson diagnosed with hip bone bruise," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of hip bone

12th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of hip bone

: the large bone between your waist and your legs that has sides that spread outward to form the hips

hip bone

\ -ˈbōn, -ˌbōn\

Medical Definition of hip bone

: the large flaring bone that makes a lateral half of the pelvis in mammals and is composed of the ilium, ischium, and pubis which are consolidated into one bone in the adult

called also innominate bone, os coxae, pelvic bone

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