il·​i·​ac | \ ˈi-lē-ˌak How to pronounce iliac (audio) \
variants: or less commonly ilial \ ˈi-​lē-​əl How to pronounce ilial (audio) \

Definition of iliac

: of, relating to, or located on or near the ilium

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Recent Examples on the Web 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," 12 Mar. 2020 The giving process involves taking bone marrow from the iliac crest of the hipbone while the donor is under anesthesia or collecting peripheral blood stem cells in a process similar to donating blood platelets. Brooke Henderson, miamiherald, "Want to save a life? Cuban American searches for bone marrow donor," 2 June 2017

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First Known Use of iliac

1541, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for iliac

Late Latin iliacus, from Latin ilium

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“Iliac.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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il·​i·​ac | \ ˈil-ē-ˌak How to pronounce iliac (audio) \
variants: also ilial \ ˈil-​ē-​əl How to pronounce ilial (audio) \

Medical Definition of iliac

1 : of, relating to, or located near the ilium the iliac bone
2 : of or relating to either of the lowest lateral abdominal regions

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