the basinlike cavity in the lower part of the trunk of many vertebrates, formed in humans by the innominate bones, sacrum, etc.
the bones forming this cavity.
the cavity of the kidney that receives the urine before it is passed into the ureter.
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How to use pelvis in a sentence
In an airline seat, the hips and pelvis rotate forward and the S curve flattens.Flying Coach Is the New Hell: How Airlines Engineer You Out of Room | Clive Irving | November 25, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
For just a moment, I froze and found myself imagining what it would feel like to break a pelvis.
Trauma to the leg or to the hips and pelvis might cause a clot, but we were not told of any leg injury.How Serious Is Hillary Clinton’s Blood Clot and Hospitalization? | Kent Sepkowitz | December 31, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
In Area F searchers discovered the bones of her trunk and pelvis with both upper leg bones still connected.
This week, Ralph Lauren drew criticism for doctoring a photograph of a model to make her head look double the size of her pelvis.
In the lower monkeys and the lemurs, the bones of the pelvis are altogether quadrupedal in character.Man And His Ancestor | Charles Morris
Almost every muscle from the base of the skull to the brim of the pelvis is directly concerned in respiration.The Treatment of Hay Fever | George Frederick Laidlaw
In the girl, the breasts and the pelvis assume the adult female type, and ovulation and menstruation begin.The Sexual Life of the Child | Albert Moll
A wrapped stove lid or a hot-water bottle is placed over the pelvis and one under the back.The Mother and Her Child | William S. Sadler
This is a very certain indication, as it arises from temporary distensions of the pelvis, which nothing else can occasion.
British Dictionary definitions for pelvis
the large funnel-shaped structure at the lower end of the trunk of most vertebrates: in man it is formed by the hipbones and sacrum
the bones that form this structure
any anatomical cavity or structure shaped like a funnel or cup
short for renal pelvis
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Scientific definitions for pelvis
The basin-shaped structure in vertebrate animals that joins the spine and lower or hind limbs. In primates, the pelvis is composed of the two hipbones joined to the sacrum. It contains, protects, and supports the intestines, bladder, and internal reproductive organs.
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Cultural definitions for pelvis
The bowl-shaped group of bones connecting the trunk of the body to the legs and supporting the spine. The pelvis includes the hip bones and the lower part of the backbone.
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