tailbone

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

Definition of tailbone

1 : a caudal vertebra
2 : coccyx

Examples of tailbone in a Sentence

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Keep your chest lifted, your shoulders back, your core contracted, your tailbone dropped, and your head and neck in one line. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "Candace Cameron Bure Strengthens Her Quads and Inner Thighs With This 1 Super Tough Move," 8 Oct. 2018 Lay your back on the roller so that your entire spine is supported from your tailbone to your head. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Why This Holiday Break Is a Perfect Time to Start Foam-Rolling," 28 Dec. 2018 Switch legs and then open them wide and out to each side, keeping the tailbone down and stomach pulled in and up. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "This Body-Sculpting Workout Is Top-Model-Approved—And Ready for the Holidays," 20 Nov. 2018 Anyone who breaks their tailbone on a river and finishes the movie is tough. John Jurgensen, WSJ, "Burt Reynolds, Star of Film and TV, Dies at Age 82," 6 Sep. 2018 Now slowly lift your trunk and gently straighten your legs, keeping your tailbone long. Holly Lebowitz Rossi, Good Housekeeping, "What to Do Right After You Throw Out Your Back," 26 July 2018 Tuck your chin in toward your chest and tailbone under. Philly.com, "4 mobility exercises to start every workout," 19 June 2018 One of his purple hearts was earned when he was wounded by a grenade; the other was earned when he was shot through the side and the bullet came out through his tailbone. Houston Chronicle, "Daughter asks for birthday wishes for veteran dad," 5 July 2018 LynLee suffered from a sacrococcygeal teratoma, a tumor that develops in utero and grows from the baby's tailbone. Sarah Schreiber, Good Housekeeping, "This Baby Girl Was Born Twice," 21 Oct. 2016

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First Known Use of tailbone

circa 1577, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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tailbone

noun

English Language Learners Definition of tailbone

: the small bone at the end of the spine

tailbone

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

Medical Definition of tailbone

1 : a caudal vertebra
2 : coccyx

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