pel·​vis | \ˈpel-vəs \
plural pelvises\ˈpel-​və-​səz \ or pelves\ˈpel-​ˌvēz \

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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Make sure not to tuck your pelvis or rock back and forth. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "This Body-Sculpting Workout Is Top-Model-Approved—And Ready for the Holidays," 20 Nov. 2018 Elaina’s twin brother, who hasn’t been named, was found with bruises to his pelvis and possible broken ribs, according to the NYPD. Melanie Grayce West, WSJ, "NYPD Investigators Question Mother After Her 1-Year-Old Is Found Dead," 4 Oct. 2018 As my pelvis submitted to a pain akin to medieval torture, my chest finally received the weight of my daughter, who, immediately upon contact, began to nurse contentedly. Frances F. Denny, Harper's BAZAAR, "What People Don’t Tell You About Childbirth: The Realities of Vaginal Tearing," 16 July 2018 In this position, your pelvis should be neutral and your upper body should be in one straight line from your ears to your hips. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "Candace Cameron Bure Strengthens Her Quads and Inner Thighs With This 1 Super Tough Move," 8 Oct. 2018 Inside one home, researchers found the remains of a young teenager with his feet on the pelvis of an adult man, suggesting that the teen fell backward over the dead or dying adult. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Skeletons tell story of 'truly horrifying' fifth-century massacre," 1 May 2018 Endometriosis Endometriosis is a disorder in which cells from the lining of the uterus grow in other locations in the abdomen and pelvis, and commonly, on the ovaries themselves. Jennifer Gerson, Marie Claire, "Why Can't I Get Pregnant?," 1 Oct. 2018 Magrini was transported to the hospital in critical condition with injuries including a broken pelvis, hip and ankle, according to testimony. Heather Nolan,, "Man convicted in 2016 motorcycle wreck that killed charter school teacher," 10 May 2018 Another adolescent was found on its back, feet on top of the pelvis of an adult. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Skeletons tell story of 'truly horrifying' fifth-century massacre," 1 May 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 \

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 \
plural pelvises\-​və-​səz \ or pelves\-​ˌvēz \

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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a nest or breeding place

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