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 Others claim inadequate staffing led to bedsores so bad that a woman's tailbone was removed and a man's leg was amputated. Emily Hopkins, The Indianapolis Star, "'Where do you put your value?' Committee has questions for HHC over nursing home funds," 27 Aug. 2020 Molea said Lorifice’s substance abuse was triggered by the tailbone injury. Kristina Davis, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Rehabed Encinitas pro skater avoids more prison in drug case," 7 Aug. 2020 After missing eight games because of various minor ailments in his right shoulder, right ankle, right knee and his tailbone area, Davis reported feeling fully refreshed. Mark Medina, USA TODAY, "Anthony Davis says he's '100 percent healthy,' Lakers' title chances higher after hiatus," 3 July 2020 The officer who was run over suffered a fractured tailbone, police said. Tom Steele, Dallas News, "Dallas man runs over Garland officer after shooting into the air at convenience store, police say," 29 June 2020 Marvia Gray sustained severe injuries to her tailbone, back, rotator cuff, knees and arms, among other injuries, while Derek Gray sustained three shattered front teeth and a head injury that needed 12 stitches and seven staples. Breanna Edwards, Essence, "Missouri Officers Sued In Alleged Assault Of Elderly Black Woman And Her Son," 19 May 2020 Lay flat on your back with your hands under your tailbone. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "Working Out From Home: How to use body weight to mimic a prison-style workout," 27 Apr. 2020 The Bulls played without Chandler Hutchison (hamstring) and Wendell Carter Jr., who has a sore tailbone. Teddy Greenstein, chicagotribune.com, "First-year Bulls offer mixed bag in 122-112 loss to Bucks in first preseason game," 3 Oct. 2019 Standing tall, keeping your chest high, hips square and tailbone lifted, bend forward from your hips. USA Today, "6 easy stretches you can do in your home office," 19 May 2020

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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 30 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of tailbone

: the small bone at the end of the spine


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

Medical Definition of tailbone

1 : a caudal vertebra
2 : coccyx

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