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[il-ee-uh m] /ˈɪl i əm/
noun, plural ilia
[il-ee-uh] /ˈɪl i ə/ (Show IPA).
the broad, upper portion of either hipbone.
Origin of ilium
1705-1710; < New Latin, special use of Medieval Latin īlium, as singular of Latin īlia; see ileum
Related forms
preilium, noun, plural preilia.
subilium, noun, plural subilia.
Can be confused
ileum, ilium, Ilium. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for ilia
Historical Examples
  • This gentleman was elderly, and had a son on board the ilia.

    Missy Miriam Coles Harris
  • By this time ilia Ivanovitch was beginning to become bald and obese.

  • The ilia are not connected with the sacrum by ossified sacral ribs.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton Sidney H. Reynolds
  • The ribs which connect the sacral vertebrae with the ilia are however large.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton Sidney H. Reynolds
  • ilia opens the third act, bewailing her unhappy love (aria, 19).

  • He is then prevented from committing suicide, but ilia falls by her own hand.

  • I certainly hope that I shall one day know who robbed me of ilia.

    The Tour Louis Couperus
  • My ilia: she was the queen of my house, though she was a slave!

    The Tour Louis Couperus
  • Time was when I should have given them to ilia as a border for her stola.

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  • I want to know where a girl named ilia is and how she vanished from my house.

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British Dictionary definitions for ilia


the plural of ilium


(in Roman legend) the daughter of Aeneas and Lavinia, who, according to some traditions, was the mother of Romulus and Remus See also Rhea Silvia


the Latin name for ancient Troy


noun (pl) -ia (-ɪə)
the uppermost and widest of the three sections of the hipbone
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Word Origin and History for ilia

Latin plural of ilium (see ileum).



pelvic bone, 1706, Modern Latin, from Latin ilia (plural) "groin, flank" (see ileum).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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ilia in Medicine

ilium il·i·um (ĭl'ē-əm)
n. pl. il·i·a (-ē-ə)
The uppermost and widest of the three bones constituting either of the lateral halves of the pelvis. Also called iliac bone.

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ilia in Science
Plural ilia
The uppermost and widest of the three bones that fuse together to form each of the hipbones. See more at skeleton.

iliac adjective
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