noun, plural il·i·a [il-ee-uh] /ˈɪl i ə/. Anatomy.
the broad, upper portion of either hipbone.
Origin of ilium
1705–1710;Related formspre·il·i·um, noun, plural pre·il·i·a.sub·il·i·um, noun, plural sub·il·i·a.
< New Latin,
special use of Medieval Latin īlium,
as singular of Latin īlia;
Latin name of ancient Troy.
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Historical Examples of ilium
Meanwhile Mindarus, while sacrificing to Athena at Ilium, had observed the battle.
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.
Even the old men of Ilium were ready "to suffer long for such a woman."
British Dictionary definitions for ilium
noun plural -ia (-ɪə)
the uppermost and widest of the three sections of the hipbone
the Latin name for ancient Troy
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Word Origin and History for ilium
pelvic bone, 1706, Modern Latin, from Latin ilia (plural) "groin, flank" (see ileum).
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n. pl. il•i•a (-ē-ə)
The uppermost and widest of the three bones constituting either of the lateral halves of the pelvis.iliac bone
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Related formsiliac adjective
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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