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
2 : the cavity of the pelvis

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Her original design takes a cerulean background, adding swirly squiggles inspired by Memphis design and the lesser known Archizoom across the pelvis and down one leg. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "These Artist-Designed Tights Are the Antidote to Boring Black Hosiery," 15 Nov. 2018 The spine was a combination of primitive and Neanderthal-like, the pelvis resembled that of another more distant human relative, Australopithecus afarensis (dubbed Lucy), and the thighs also looked primitive. New York Times, "Tiny Brains of Extinct Human Relative Had Complex Features," 14 May 2018 Then, as a bonus, the baby gets heavier and starts to move down through your pelvis in the third trimester. Korin Miller, SELF, "7 Ways to Make Sleep More Comfortable When You’re Pregnant," 31 Jan. 2019 Knievel crashed on his attempt, breaking his pelvis and other bones. Gary Gastelu, Fox News, "Travis Pastrana successfully recreates three of Evel Knievel's famous jumps," 10 July 2018 Definitively diagnosing the disorder requires invasive surgery; doctors need to peer inside the pelvis through a laparoscopy. Julia Belluz, Vox, "Women with endometriosis suffer terrible pain. There’s finally a new treatment option.," 24 July 2018 Mimi Ayers stocks up on several hundred dollars' worth of toys and trinkets promoting vaginal beauty and well-being, including a $200 Kegel exercise trainer - sort of a Fitbit for the pelvis. Karen Helle,, "Go ahead, hate Goop; Gwyneth Paltrow is having the last laugh," 14 June 2018 These cancers sometimes cause other symptoms, such as painful urination, pain in your back, side, or pelvis, and fatigue—all pretty nondescript and easy to mistakenly chalk up to other causes. Korin Miller, SELF, "10 Things That Can Cause Blood in Your Urine," 19 Sep. 2018 Even though Jamie has already broken her collarbone and pelvis, and once ruptured her spleen. Juliet Macur, New York Times, "The Daredevils Above, Their Parents Below: Welcome to Big Air Snowboarding," 20 Feb. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of pelvis

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


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


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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