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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The unusual daredevil rolled 165 feet across an asphalt parking lot after clearing the fountain and suffered compound fractures of the hip and pelvis. San Diego Union-Tribune, "From the Archives: 1969: Evel Knievel at the Carlsbad Raceway," 21 June 2019 Now make sure your ribcage isn't popping out or caving in; exaggerations in your chest can also manifest by arching your spine and pelvis. Bari Leiberman, Redbook, "6 Lower Ab Workouts That Will Strengthen Your Core — No Crunches Necessary," 22 May 2017 My entire pelvis was virtually fused together by the adhesions. Azmia Magane, Allure, "The Importance of Listening to Your Body — Even When Doctors Aren't Listening to You," 8 Apr. 2019 The result is that these fish rapidly evolve the same adaptation — the loss of a pair of fins on their pelvis — repeatedly. Quanta Magazine, "Fragile DNA Enables New Adaptations to Evolve Quickly," 5 Feb. 2019 Retrograde menstrual flow: During a period, when a woman is shedding her uterine lining, some of that tissue can flow through her fallopian tubes and into her pelvis, which researchers think may cause endometriosis. Julia Belluz, Vox, "Women with endometriosis suffer terrible pain. There’s finally a new treatment option.," 24 July 2018 Green is likely to be back from a bruised pelvis for Sunday night's home game against Utah. CBS News, "Stephen Curry injury: Warriors star out at least 3 weeks, could return for NBA playoffs," 24 Mar. 2018 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

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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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