pelvic cavity

noun

plural pelvic cavities
: the cavity within the bones of the pelvis (see pelvis sense 1) that is continuous above with the abdominal cavity and contains the internal reproductive organs, urinary bladder, sigmoid colon, and rectum
Endometriosis, for example, is a disorder in which fragments of the uterine lining migrate to other parts of the pelvic cavity, which can cause obstructions in the fallopian tubes, among other problems.Parenting

Examples of pelvic cavity in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web During ovulation, fluid will release from the dominant follicle, which can cause irritation to the pelvic cavity, causing pain. Addison Aloian, Women's Health, 15 June 2023 They’re typically treated surgically, which can be done with a minimally invasive laparoscopy, or with a skin incision over the hernia to support this area where there’s a weakening within the pelvic cavity. Addison Aloian, Women's Health, 15 June 2023 In a baboon experiment in 2006, researchers were able to induce endometriosis by injecting normal uterine lining into the pelvic cavity. Jena Pincott, Scientific American, 1 June 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1812, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of pelvic cavity was in 1812

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“Pelvic cavity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pelvic%20cavity. Accessed 25 May. 2024.

Medical Definition

pelvic cavity

noun
: the cavity within the bones of the pelvis (see pelvis sense 1) that is continuous above with the abdominal cavity and contains the sigmoid colon, urinary bladder, and reproductive structures (such as the uterus and prostate gland) see false pelvis, true pelvis
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