noun, plural pel·vis·es, pel·ves [pel-veez] /ˈpɛl viz/. Anatomy, Zoology.

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.

Nearby words

  1. pelvimetry,
  2. pelvio-,
  3. pelvioplasty,
  4. pelviotomy,
  5. pelviperitonitis,
  6. pelvis justo major,
  7. pelvis justo minor,
  8. pelvis major,
  9. pelvis minor,
  10. pelvivertebral angle

Origin of pelvis

1605–15; < New Latin; Latin: basin; akin to Greek pellís bowl Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for pelvis


noun plural -vises or -ves (-viːz)

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

Word Origin for pelvis

C17: from Latin: basin, laver

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Word Origin and History for pelvis



1610s, "basin-like cavity formed by the bones of the pelvic girdle," from Modern Latin, from Latin pelvis "basin, laver," Old Latin peluis "basin," from PIE *pel- "container" (cf. Sanskrit palavi "vessel," Greek pelex "helmet," pelike "goblet, bowl," Old Norse and Old English full "cup").

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Medicine definitions for pelvis



n. pl. pel•vis•es

A basin-shaped structure of the vertebrate skeleton, composed of the innominate bones on the sides, the pubis in front, and the sacrum and coccyx behind, that rests on the lower limbs and supports the spinal column.
The cavity formed by this structure.
A basinlike or cup-shaped anatomical cavity.

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Science definitions for pelvis



Plural pelvises pelves (pĕlvēz)

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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Culture 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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