pelvis

noun
pel·​vis | \ ˈpel-vəs How to pronounce pelvis (audio) \
plural pelvises\ ˈpel-​və-​səz How to pronounce pelvises (audio) \ or pelves\ ˈpel-​ˌvēz How to pronounce pelves (audio) \

Definition of pelvis

1 : a basin-shaped structure in the skeleton of many vertebrates that is formed by the pelvic girdle and adjoining bones of the spine During puberty, the shape of the pelvis begins to take on distinctly male or female features …— Christopher Joyce and Eric Stover Dysfunction can occur with uneven distribution of weight on the pelvis, a common and usually benign condition that can be exacerbated by running.— Carol Potera also : pelvic cavity Endometriosis is the presence of functioning endometrial tissue outside the endometrial cavity, but usually confined to the pelvis— Daniel W. Cramer et al.
2 : the cavity of the pelvis

Examples of pelvis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Fourteen years ago, Clayton Phipps and his team of commercial fossil hunters discovered a Triceratops pelvis jutting out of a hillside on a private farm in Montana. Rasha Aridi, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Mystery of the ‘Dueling Dinosaurs’ May Finally Be Solved Now That They’ve Found a Home," 19 Nov. 2020 One lay touching a piece of his lower arm, and another was found in the vicinity of his pelvis. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "This ancient big-game hunter was a woman," 5 Nov. 2020 Reach left arm forward and underneath torso, slightly lifting and rotating the pelvis. Ashley Mateo, Health.com, "8 Moves for a Stronger and More Stable Core," 7 Oct. 2020 The adductors are five muscles that bring your leg inward and help stabilize the pelvis and help internally and externally rotate the hips. Jen Murphy, WSJ, "To Improve Your Running, Try These Six Hip Exercises," 3 Oct. 2020 Wells was taken to a hospital, where x-rays showed her pelvis was broken in three places. Scott D. Pierce, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah store employee dies after she was shoved. Woman faces homicide charge.," 10 Nov. 2020 In this position your pelvis and hips should be level and facing the floor. Jen Murphy, WSJ, "To Improve Your Running, Try These Six Hip Exercises," 3 Oct. 2020 The Cowboys put Lee on IR prior to the start of the season after not taking part in training camp with a pelvis injury. Tim Bielik, cleveland, "Bengals expect K Randy Bullock to play; 49ers place Richard Sherman on IR: NFL news roundup," 16 Sep. 2020 The officer and physician are looking at an X-ray image, which shows a Ku Klux Klan member where the man’s spine and pelvis should be. Paighten Harkins, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Police supporters to protest Pat Bagley cartoon at The Salt Lake Tribune printing press," 3 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of pelvis

1615, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for pelvis

New Latin, from Latin, basin; perhaps akin to Old English & Old Norse full cup

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The first known use of pelvis was in 1615

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29 Nov 2020

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“Pelvis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pelvis. Accessed 2 Dec. 2020.

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pelvis

noun
How to pronounce pelvis (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of pelvis

: the wide curved bones between the spine and the leg bones

pelvis

noun
pel·​vis | \ ˈpel-vəs How to pronounce pelvis (audio) \

Kids Definition of pelvis

: the bowl-shaped part of the skeleton that includes the hip bones and the lower bones of the backbone

pelvis

noun
pel·​vis | \ ˈpel-vəs How to pronounce pelvis (audio) \
plural pelvises\ -​və-​səz How to pronounce pelvises (audio) \ or pelves\ -​ˌvēz How to pronounce pelves (audio) \

Medical Definition of pelvis

1 : a basin-shaped structure in the skeleton of many vertebrates that is formed by the pelvic girdle together with the sacrum and often various coccygeal and caudal vertebrae and that in humans is composed of the two hip bones bounding it on each side and in front while the sacrum and coccyx complete it behind

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