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

Examples of hip bone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web A few days later, on January 18, a person walking on the same area of the beach found a piece of a hip bone. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "Father and Four-Year-Old Son Find Ancient Human Remains While Biking in Washington State," 4 Feb. 2020 Generally, the stick should reach from the ground up to around the hip bone. Anthony Marcusa, chicagotribune.com, "The best field hockey stick," 12 Aug. 2020 Backpacks are sized according to torso length (as measured from your bony C7 vertebrae at the base of your neck to your iliac crest at the top of your hip bone) and hip belt width. Adrienne Donica, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Backpacking Backpacks, Tested," 24 June 2020 Paleontologists were able to make such a precise connection to living frogs because the fossil frog skeleton included a skull and a particularly useful hip bone called the ilium, reports Lucas Joel for the New York Times. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "Paleontologists Find Antarctica’s First Frog Fossil," 28 Apr. 2020 The dress was undeniably bold thanks to an asymmetrical design and a slit that began at the hip bone. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Rihanna Gives the Virtual Red Carpet a Real Fashion Moment," 31 July 2020 The sacrum consists of two vertebrae that form a large triangular bone at the bottom of the spine, acting as a wedge between the hip bones. BostonGlobe.com, "With Henry not 100 percent, the Titans made the strategic decision to rest Henry — and still benefitted when the Steelers’ loss to the Jets put the Titans in position Sunday to clinch a playoff berth with a win against the Texans.," 27 Dec. 2019 Her hip bones will also need to be virtually reconstructed. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Ancient human ancestor 'Little Foot' had different head movements from us," 20 Mar. 2020 When loaded and properly adjusted, the pack should lie flat against your back with the hip belt wrapping around your hip bones. Adrienne Donica, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Backpacking Backpacks, Tested," 12 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of hip bone

12th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Hip bone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hip%20bone. Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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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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