tail·​bone | \ ˈtāl-ˌbōn How to pronounce tailbone (audio) \

Definition of tailbone

1 : a caudal vertebra
2 : coccyx

Examples of tailbone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This has led to a variety of injuries, including someone who suffered a fractured tailbone. Yoni Heisler, BGR, 13 Sep. 2021 Teratomas usually occur in the ovaries in women, the testicles in men, and the tailbone in children. Michael Ordoña, Los Angeles Times, 10 Sep. 2021 Of the three core players — Wiggins (right knee soreness), Stephen Curry (tailbone bruise) and Draymond Green (finger sprain) — who sat out Friday’s win over the Pelicans, Wiggins’ injury might be the most troubling. Connor Letourneau, San Francisco Chronicle, 15 May 2021 But without Green and guard Stephen Curry (sore tailbone), Golden State made Toronto look like the team that beat the Warriors in the 2019 NBA Finals. Connor Letourneau, San Francisco Chronicle, 2 Apr. 2021 One of the two victims sustained a broken tailbone, according to the probable cause statement. Lauren Hernández, San Francisco Chronicle, 13 Aug. 2021 The Warriors announced that Curry had suffered a tailbone contusion and would not return to the game. Connor Letourneau, San Francisco Chronicle, 17 Mar. 2021 Two games later in Game 5 in Phoenix, Paul took a hard foul on his tailbone after Beverley, who was fighting over a screen from Deandre Ayton, collided with him in the third quarter of a 116-102 defeat. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, 1 July 2021 This ergonomic shape allows the tailbone to hang suspended, which prevents the build-up of pressure at the spine's base. Braelyn Wood, Health.com, 9 June 2021

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First Known Use of tailbone

circa 1577, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of tailbone was circa 1577

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“Tailbone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tailbone. Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of tailbone

: the small bone at the end of the spine : coccyx


tail·​bone | \ -ˈbōn, -ˌbōn How to pronounce tailbone (audio) \

Medical Definition of tailbone

1 : a caudal vertebra
2 : coccyx

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