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ilium

[il-ee-uh m]
noun, plural il·i·a [il-ee-uh] /ˈɪl i ə/. Anatomy.
  1. the broad, upper portion of either hipbone.
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Origin of ilium

1705–1710; < New Latin, special use of Medieval Latin īlium, as singular of Latin īlia; see ileum
Related formspre·il·i·um, noun, plural pre·il·i·a.sub·il·i·um, noun, plural sub·il·i·a.
Can be confusedileum ilium Ilium

Ilium

[il-ee-uh m]
noun
  1. Latin name of ancient Troy.
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Can be confusedileum ilium Ilium
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Examples from the Web for ilium

Historical Examples

  • Meanwhile Mindarus, while sacrificing to Athena at Ilium, had observed the battle.

    Hellenica

    Xenophon

  • Not yet was Ilium nor the towers of Pergama reared; they dwelt in the valley bottoms.

  • No more are we a Trojan people; Ilium and the great glory of the Teucrians is no more.

  • Phaetho was driven by the wind from Ilium to Macedonia, and met me at Pella.

    The Letters of Cicero, Volume 1

    Marcus Tullius Cicero

  • Even the old men of Ilium were ready "to suffer long for such a woman."


British Dictionary definitions for ilium

ilium

noun plural -ia (-ɪə)
  1. the uppermost and widest of the three sections of the hipbone
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Ilium

noun
  1. the Latin name for ancient Troy
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Word Origin and History for ilium

n.

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

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ilium in Medicine

ilium

(ĭlē-əm)
n. pl. il•i•a (-ē-ə)
  1. The uppermost and widest of the three bones constituting either of the lateral halves of the pelvis.iliac bone
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ilium in Science

ilium

[ĭlē-əm]
Plural ilia
  1. The uppermost and widest of the three bones that fuse together to form each of the hipbones. See more at skeleton.
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Related formsiliac adjective
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