pu·​bis | \ ˈpyü-bəs How to pronounce pubis (audio) \
plural pubes\ ˈpyü-​(ˌ)bēz How to pronounce pubes (audio) \

Definition of pubis

: the ventral and anterior of the three principal bones composing either half of the pelvis

called also pubic bone

Examples of pubis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And, unfortunately for the anonymous Englishwoman with world-famous pubes, doctors still don’t agree about canities subita, the contested phenomenon where hair blanches seemingly overnight. Popular Science, "We finally know why stress turns your hair white," 27 Jan. 2020 Suddenly, a depressed horse, an alcoholic mad scientist and two preteens with talking pubes had zoomed to the center of pop culture. Andrew R. Chow, Time, "Adult Animation Is Pushing New Boundaries. A Look Inside Its Evolution from The Simpsons to BoJack Horseman," 20 Dec. 2019 However, extreme groomers were no more likely to be diagnosed than those who didn't groom their pubes as often. Samantha Lauriello,, "Removing Pubic Hair Doesn’t Raise STI Risk, Study Finds," 5 Sep. 2019 If all goes to plan, this second week will also see Sue lose its chest ribs, neck and chest backbones, and pubis and ischium (the lower hip bones). Steve Johnson And Phil Geib,, "The dismantling of Sue the T. rex at the Field Museum," 3 Feb. 2018 Rather than meaningfully engage that potent, longstanding idea, the show presents a literal dream sequence of Floyd’s Freudian nightmare, culminating in the reveal of his now-blank pubis. Margaret Lyons, New York Times, "Review: ‘White Famous’ Offers a Lackluster ‘Entourage’ Impression," 12 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of pubis

1578, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pubis

New Latin os pubis, literally, bone of the pubic region

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The first known use of pubis was in 1578

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“Pubis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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pu·​bis | \ ˈpyü-bəs How to pronounce pubis (audio) \
plural pubes\ -​(ˌ)bēz How to pronounce pubes (audio) \

Medical Definition of pubis

: the ventral and anterior of the three principal bones composing either half of the pelvis that in humans consists of two rami diverging posteriorly from the region of the pubic symphysis with the superior ramus extending to the acetabulum of which it forms a part and uniting there with the ilium and ischium and the inferior ramus extending below the obturator foramen where it unites with the ischium

called also pubic bone

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