of or relating to the pelvis.

Origin of pelvic

First recorded in 1820–30; pelv(is) + -ic Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for pelvic

Contemporary Examples of pelvic

Historical Examples of pelvic

  • The correspondence between the thoracic and pelvic limbs is notorious.

    On the Genesis of Species

    St. George Mivart

  • He carried the pelvic viscera in his pocket to the class-room.

    Medical Essays

    Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

  • "I don't think I'll bother with pelvic measurements," he said.

    This Crowded Earth

    Robert Bloch

  • Her pelvic curve was classic, her legs long and not knock-kneed.

    Painted Veils

    James Huneker

  • In Dipnoi however the pelvic fins are very similar to the pectoral.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton

    Sidney H. Reynolds

British Dictionary definitions for pelvic



of, near, or relating to the pelvis
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Word Origin and History for pelvic

1830, irregularly formed from pelvis + -ic. OED prefers "the better-formed" French pelvien.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

pelvic in Medicine




Of, relating to, or near the pelvis.
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