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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There was a female pelvis, a number of medical skulls, gynecological instruments, tribal decorations, and then, right at the end, three tiny, alien-looking skeletons all in a row. Oscar Schwartz, WIRED, "There’s a Thriving Market for Human Body Parts on Instagram," 21 Aug. 2019 The injuries included broken arms, ribs pelvis, spine, ankles, wrists and hands. San Diego Union-Tribune, "From the Archives: 1969: Evel Knievel at the Carlsbad Raceway," 21 June 2019 Any hints of self-destruction faded as senior quarterback Bay Harvey tossed a 50-yard TD pass to Turner, a 5-foot-11 receiver who missed the first two weeks with a fractured pelvis. Matt Goul,, "No. 20 Cleveland Heights clobbers rival Shaker Heights, 50-6," 14 Sep. 2019 Surgery is the only option, and in Cannon’s case, that means leg amputation and losing part of the pelvis. Mike Anthony,, "Mike Anthony: Hall-Southington hockey coach Brian Cannon isn’t fighting cancer alone," 20 Aug. 2019 The 28-year-old McClure, just months removed from a broken pelvis suffered during an April qualifier at Woodbine at Mohawk Park, won in his first Hambo start. Jackson Thompson,, "Forbidden Trade overcomes 15-1 odds to win Hambletonian," 4 Aug. 2019 However, there have been six deaths since May 17, and four have been related to either the shoulder or pelvis. John Cherwa,, "Santa Anita denies horse racing board’s request to close despite two more deaths," 9 June 2019 The motorcyclist was taken to a hospital with a fractured pelvis and internal injuries. Luke Garrett, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Motorcyclist was distracted when he smashed into SUV, police said," 4 Sep. 2019 Contract your core and squeeze your glutes to lift your pelvis off the floor so that your body forms one straight line from your heels to your shoulders. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "Why You Should Add Hamstring Curls to Your Routine Like Celebrity Trainer Ashley Borden," 10 Oct. 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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