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hip joint

a ball-and-socket joint between the head of the femur and the innominate bone.
Origin of hip joint
First recorded in 1785-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • On each side it forms a union with the hip bone to make the hip joint.

  • Uncle John says this is because she has tuberculosis of the hip joint.

  • Often the hip joint would slip from its socket, so that it was impossible for her to walk without crutches.

  • Sometimes this contraction affects the hip joint, and causes great distress and lameness.

    Papers on Health John Kirk
  • I do not see that an inefficient corslet would protect the hip joint.

    Homer and His Age Andrew Lang
  • Thus the hip joint is so completely surrounded by ligaments as to be air-tight; and the union is very strong.

    A Practical Physiology Albert F. Blaisdell
  • Palming a wrench, he was swiftly loosening the main retaining nut on his hip joint.

    The Velvet Glove Harry Harrison
  • Not so fortunate had he been in his ill-considered leap, for he had broken his right leg at the hip joint.

British Dictionary definitions for hip joint

hip joint

the ball-and-socket joint that connects each leg to the trunk of the body, in which the head of the femur articulates with the socket (acetabulum) of the pelvis
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hip joint in Medicine

hip joint n.
The ball-and-socket joint formed by the head of the femur and the cup-shaped cavity of the hipbone. Also called coxa.

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