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ˈpɛl vɪs; -vizpelvis

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. pelvis, pelvic girdle, pelvic arch, hip(noun)

    the structure of the vertebrate skeleton supporting the lower limbs in humans and the hind limbs or corresponding parts in other vertebrates

  2. pelvis, renal pelvis(noun)

    a structure shaped like a funnel in the outlet of the kidney into which urine is discharged before passing into the ureter


  1. pelvis(Noun)

    The large compound bone structure at the base of the spine that supports the legs. It consists of hip bone, sacrum and coccyx.

    Etymology: pelvis, from peluis, from pel-. Compare Sanskrit palavi (container), Greek πήληξ.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pelvis(noun)

    the pelvic arch, or the pelvic arch together with the sacrum. See Pelvic arch, under Pelvic, and Sacrum

    Etymology: [L., a basin, laver; cf. Gr. , , bowl.]

  2. Pelvis(noun)

    the calyx of a crinoid

    Etymology: [L., a basin, laver; cf. Gr. , , bowl.]


  1. Pelvis

    The pelvis, or pelvic bone, derived from the Latin word for 'basin', is an anatomical structure found in most vertebrates. It is the name given to both a bony structure or pelvic girdle connecting the base of the spine to the rear limbs, and the region of the body defined by that structure. The muscles and tissue beneath the pelvic girdle are known as the pelvic floor. The rounded epiphysis of the femur called the Head articulates with the pelvic bone at the Hip Joint at the acetabulum.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Pelvis

    pel′vis, n. the bony cavity at the lower end of the trunk, forming the lower part of the abdomen.—adjs. Pel′vic, of or pertaining to the pelvis; Pel′viform, openly cup-shaped.—ns. Pelvim′eter, an instrument for measuring the diameters of the pelvis; Pelvim′etry. [L. pelvis, a basin.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Pelvis

    The basin-like area outlined by the hip bones and the vertebral column (SPINE).

Editors Contribution

  1. pelvis

    A type of bone structure in the body of a human and animal.

    The pelvis is within the groin area of the body of a human.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 11, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of pelvis in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of pelvis in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of pelvis in a Sentence

  1. Alyssa Dweck:

    Usually the uterus is aligned straight with the rest of your body, but some women are born with one that is tipped backward toward the pelvis, and that increases the odds that it gets jostled during sex.

  2. Heidi Liu:

    Stand in front of a chair. Chest up, core tight and square your pelvis.

  3. Atlanta OB-GYN Dr. Katherine Babaliaros:

    You make hormones that allow your joints to become lax during pregnancy to help the pelvis accommodate the baby and allow you to deliver, but it also causes the arches of your feet to fall and the foot to lengthen between 2 and 10 millimeters.

  4. Amy George:

    As a baby goes through the birth canal, it stretches the ligaments and muscles down below in the pelvis.

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