Origin of hipbone

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at hip1, bone
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Examples from the Web for hipbone

Historical Examples of hipbone

  • I was fortunately too near for the full effect of the blow, but the hoof took me at the hipbone, and for the moment paralyzed me.

    In Direst Peril

    David Christie Murray

  • He hoisted the box to the level of his hipbone, feeling as if his spine would snap.

British Dictionary definitions for hipbone


  1. the nontechnical name for innominate bone
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hipbone in Medicine


  1. Either of two large flat bones formed by the fusion of ilium, ischium, and pubis, constituting the lateral half of the pelvis and articulating with its fellow, with the sacrum, and with the femur.coxa innominate bone
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hipbone in Science


  1. Either of two large, flat bones, each forming one of the outer borders of the pelvis in mammals and consisting of the fused ilium, ischium, and pubis.
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