ilium

noun
il·i·um | \ˈi-lē-əm \
plural ilia\ˈi-lē-ə \

Definition of ilium 

: the broad, dorsal, upper, and largest of the three principal bones composing either half of the pelvis

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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 Conclusion: Ilium can be quite difficult to master. Jonathan H. Liu, WIRED, "Unearthing Treasures: Pergamon and Ilium," 14 June 2011

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First Known Use of ilium

1706, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ilium

New Latin, alteration of Latin ilia

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ilium

noun
il·i·um | \ˈil-ē-əm \
plural ilia\-ē-ə \

Medical Definition of ilium 

: the dorsal, upper, and largest one of the three bones composing either lateral half of the pelvis that in humans is broad and expanded above and narrower below where it joins with the ischium and pubis to form part of the acetabulum

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