ilium

[ il-ee-uhm ]

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

Origin of ilium

1
1705–1710; <New Latin, special use of Medieval Latin īlium, as singular of Latin īlia;see ileum

Other words from ilium

  • pre·il·i·um, noun, plural pre·il·i·a.
  • sub·il·i·um, noun, plural sub·il·i·a.

Words that may be confused with ilium

Words Nearby ilium

Other definitions for Ilium (2 of 2)

Ilium
[ il-ee-uhm ]

noun
  1. Latin name of ancient Troy.

Words that may be confused with Ilium

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How to use ilium in a sentence

  • It not improbably represents the tutelary goddess of ilium, whose temple, as we know, stood in the Pergamus.

    Troy and its Remains | Henry (Heinrich) Schliemann
  • It evidently belongs to a much later age, but was in any case built long before the arrival of the Greek colony in ilium.

    Troy and its Remains | Henry (Heinrich) Schliemann
  • It is very probable that a similar reception awaited Antiochus I. in ilium, so that he kept the city in good remembrance.

    Troy and its Remains | Henry (Heinrich) Schliemann
  • He now places the final destruction of ilium in the fourth century, on the evidence of the latest coins found there.

    Troy and its Remains | Henry (Heinrich) Schliemann
  • The corporal said that this monster was Helen gazing out to sea from the topless towers of ilium.

    Castellinaria | Henry Festing Jones

British Dictionary definitions for ilium (1 of 2)

ilium

/ (ˈɪlɪəm) /


nounplural -ia (-ɪə)
  1. the uppermost and widest of the three sections of the hipbone

British Dictionary definitions for Ilium (2 of 2)

Ilium

/ (ˈɪlɪəm) /


noun
  1. the Latin name for ancient Troy

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Scientific definitions for ilium

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.

Other words from ilium

  • iliac adjective

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